There's not a whole lot to be said about the passing of James Gandolfini that hasn't been said already or won't be over the next couple of days. Let's just look at this clip from the final episode of "The Sopranos"; in a little under three minutes he hints at every aspect of what made his character so magnetic. You can't imagine anyone else playing the role. He was 51.
In the course of a column explaining why Tony nominee James Gandolfini will not host the awards ceremony, the Post's Michael Riedel shares an anecdote about the God of Carnage star's refusal to play the game. (There is also a photo composite of Gandolfini in a tutu.)
Amy Monaghan: Talk to me about how, as a "Sopranos" fan, you felt about the news of a David Chase movie at long last, the coming-of-age-in-Jersey film Not Fade Away, which we are here to dismantle today.
Sean Burns: Mostly I wondered what took him five years. I knew Chase had taken off to France for a while, presumably hiding from the folks with torches and pitchforks after that "Sopranos" finale. But he has such a distinctive cinematic sensibility, I thought he'd be making movies a lot sooner.
Amy: His distinctive cinematic sensibility? Remember, I'm the only person on the planet to never watch "The Sopranos." No, wait, I [...]
James Gandolfini, star of the Yasmina Reza play God of Carnage, has received an American Theatre Wing nomination for best actor, ensuring an abundance of "Tony's Tony" jokes among the eighteen people who actually care about the Tonys and the seven others who are inexplicably still paid to cover them.
“When I first saw the ending, I said, ‘What the f–k?’ I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that? After I had a day to sleep, I just sat there and said, ‘That’s perfect.’” —James Gandolfini talks about the final episode of "The Sopranos." Much of the rest of the cast do, too. Mostly unrelated: Remember how great Sting was before he sucked?