Thursday, June 20, 2013

R.I.P James Gandolfini

It is truly a sad day for American media today as it has been announced that James Gandolfini has died suddenly of a heart attack on holiday in Rome.  He was a brilliant TV and cinema actor making his name (of course) and capturing the zeitgeist in the HBO series The Sopranos.

If you look back on his career it is amazing how many films he was in where he was given an important role.  He was such a presence that he invariably played mob bosses, generals, mayors and C.I.A directors.  He was pigeonholed in the best way possible by always playing the existential patriarch.

My on personal favourite performance was that of the Lt. Gen George Miller in Armando Iannucci's In The Loop.  He gave the character a depth and humanity that came easy to him.  He will be missed...

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