clancy25 wrote:Based on past experiences, this just sounds like par for the course with Gandolfini. He's the only cast member of any significance to never do a episode commentary, and I've never actually seen him do any kind of live interview. A couple years back there was a Larry King show with most of the main cast members, except for Gandolfini. King kept asking about him and they kept saying "Jimmy is painfully shy."
It's weird, but I really think he's one of those handful of actors who dislike giving interviews because they don't want their real selves to distract people when they watch their characters. He has given a regular amount of print interviews, so maybe he's more worried about people visibly seeing and hearing him as James Gandolfini with his non-Joisey accent, etc.
Ya know- i think you might be right. (now i feel bad that i connected him with suspicion about a money thing, because he is such a generous and sincere person. What was i thinking? yikes
The first time i re-saw Get Shorty
after watching the Sopranos and heard that unusual (sorta-southern-ish?) accent- it was really weird to listen to. Then i started wanting to see all these obscure movies where he would have even the tiniest bit part. Its been amazing to see how he was really something even then, and with the right part and a chance to show himself more, he just exploded with a talent that was always there when you look back. i just can't get enough of him sometimes!
btw- thanks again DaViE for that link to the Actor's Studio Gandolfini interviews- just fantastic!