mutualdream wrote:So moving.
Leave it to David Chase to write a statement like that to remember his friend.
"He wasn't easy sometimes."
I only heard about his death three hours ago, and I'm already tired of hearing the cliches on CNN about how he was a "gentle giant." James Gandolfini was a Man, M-A-N, like the Bo Diddley song played in the pilot.
Chase said more about him in two paragraphs than anything I've heard/read tonight in the media.
Amen. Just as David Chase isn't 'cliche' in his pursuit as an artist, neither are his words on James. I'm devastated but much more so 'numb' to the horrible news. Still isn't sinking in. This is exactly
like losing John Lennon! Like many, legendary artistic duos that have worked together to create phenominal Classic stuff - from Lennon/McCartney to Kobe/Shaq - both David and James, though brothers basically, would be at odds in their roles of creating something Classic - this case their placing-into-being the Tony Soprano character
who is on no less par
Shakespearean character nor any other
historically heralded fictional character ever conceived of by any
artist who ever lived. Same can be said for many Sopranos actors' portrayals of their respective characters. But it all begins with James's portrayal of 'T' - and Edie's of Carm - and without David Chase's conception, there is
no Tony Soprano-period
. And without Janes and only James
portraying him as well as adding plenty more in collabortaion with David, Tony Soprano comes no where NEAR
proper, justifiable fruition.
My heart goes out to James's entire family, friends, and other
family that being the entire Sopranos cast and crew, and of course all of us true FANS such as myself as well as everyone on this site starting with Fly. We ALL
missed out on quite a talent whose Genius would have continued to be shown to us for years and decades to come! Just having seen all 86 episodes, I think since no one episode
in particular alone can deliver all justice, I am going to honor his work with the Sopranos in style
by running the gammut yet again....
But first, I must see 'Not Fade Away' once more!