James Gandolfini 1961 – 2012
There is a moment during the “Sicilian Liars” scene in True Romance when the camera flashes ever so briefly to James Gandolfini’s character Virgil. He says nothing, he does nothing he just stares and the tension that has been built in the scene quadruples. In about one second.
That’s James Gandolfini all over. He was a master of conveying an a lot with a little. Sadness, fury, hated, compassion, menace, joy. All with the tiniest, subtlest of glances.
And of course, there is Tony Soprano. The greatest thing in one of the greatest television programs of all time.
Gandolfini passed away this morning from a suspected heart attack at the age of 51. He will be sorely missed and we always wonder about the wonderful performances of his that we will lose. Rest in Peace T.