James Gandolfini and Napster - The Originals
I’m beyond bummed to hear that James Gandolfini passed last night. There are a lot of reasons. I’m most sad because it’s the passing of his iconic character, Tony Soprano. There’s not much to say here that Alan Sepinwall didn’t capture in this memorial. I watch and read a lot of pop culture and Tony Soprano was by far my favorite character of all time. He was complex, heinous and also very human. He was also funny as shit - I even set up an Orkut page back in 2005 memorializing my favorite quotes. There are some at the end of this post.
Gandolfini was also a true original. As Sepinwall points out, he wasn’t the first choice for Tony Soprano. Other people could have played that part. But not many could have played it with the depth and humanity as he. Who knows - maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about, but for me, Gandolfini’s take was genius and original. For Godfather fans, only
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