Woke up this morning…and there was the terrible news that James Gandolfini has left us
. He had, presumably, a heart attack at age 51. Much, much too soon has he been taken from us all. Mister Gandolfini was Tony Soprano
. How we probably all wished that this huge man would walk in our door one day, and rescue us. Of course Tony Soprano
was a huge Mobster boss, and was doing all kinds of illegal stuff. But still, I would have wanted him to be my father sometimes. Sometimes we just wish we could say to people: “I wipe my ass with your feelings.” Lets have a look at James Gandolfini’s legacy, and pay tribute to the man that was, and will always be, Tony Soprano
. Because we all woke up this morning the world turned upside down
. (Part of the intro song to “The Sopranos
“)- James Gandolfini wasn’t the typical run of the mill actor. Apart from his non traditional physical appearance, he never seemed to “care” about his size or personal style. his colleagues actually liked them. They spoke about him with fondness, not today but actually when he was still alive to hear it, his colleagues thought he was a fun, kind, and gentle person. (Unlike Tony Soprano
, however even he did have his “softy” moments.) Gandolfini didn’t like attention all that much and usually was quiet, and reserved. He also didn’t look for publicity, and avoided coverage. James was a perfectionist, and was consumed by stage freight. However he didn’t let it get the better of him. A tribute to James would be for us, as an audience, to recognise his perseverance, and braveness, and apply some of that in our own lives. Because woke up this morning the world turned upside down
, wanting to do something.- Gandolfini portrayed a lot of characters between 1987 when he first started until today. He played opposite Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt in “The Mexican
,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton, and Frances Mcdormand in “The man who wasn’t there
,” and even with Nicolas Cage in “8 MM
.” However big or small his part was, he made sure people would remember him. He had a presence, and earnestness that was all his own.- However James Gandolfini will be forever in our hearts as Tony Soprano. That character will always be remembered, and cherished, and Tony wouldn’t be Tony if Gandolfini hadn’t portrayed him.James Gandolfini left behind his wife, and their very young daughter, Liliana. She is just 9-months. Gandolfini also had a son, Michael, from a previous marriage.
His family does, still have James’s legacy, of which anybody anywhere can be really proud. Not many actors are able to touch people, and make them really love a character, especially if that character is a Mobster. An appropriate tribute to James Gandolfini and honoring his memory would be if we all would watch “The Sopranos” one more time….woke up this morning the world turned upside down, Lord above us, things ain’t been the same since the blues walked into town.
Buttcha buttcha one in a million cause you got dat shotgun shine.
Shame about it, born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes. Yea.