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Originally posted by PtolemyII
He was only 51 ?! Oh my God.
Originally posted by BlastedCaddy
reply to post by Epirus
Rip big guy...
Sure do wish ya got around to makin a Sopranos wrap up kinda movie.... Now we will never know...
Originally posted by Baddogma
Another probable victim of too little vit C.
I met him in 2003 on the set of the Ben Affleck movie Surviving Christmas in which he also starred. I was Ben Affleck's double, but unlike him James Gandolfini actually spoke to me. He was down to earth and friendly to everyone on the crew, every bit as garrulous as the great character he played, Tony Soprano. He actually bought everyone on the crew a jacket out of his own money.
I remember him telling me that he once dated a girl from Glasgow. I also remember he used to smoke these huge cigars and when he wasn't on set shooting his scenes he would sit outside his trailer playing with these big electric model cars and trucks for hours like a big kid.
My most vivid memory of him on the movie was when he came up to me early one morning at the start of another day, just before he was about go on on set to shoot his first scene. He looked around before leaning into my ear and saying, 'Could I have a quick word with you?' It was like a scene out of the Sopranos. As I walked over to the side with him, I thought maybe he was going to pull me up about some transgression or other. I'm fairly big but he was a big man and dwarfed me. Anyway, he turned around and said with a furrowed brow and in a serious voice, 'Did I see you in Ralph's last night on Beverly and Fairfax?" Ralph's is a supermarket chain in California. I shook my head and told him, no, it wasn't me. "Okay," he said. "I wasn't sure. I just didn't want you to think I was being ignorant, cause I didn't say hi."
Think about it. This guy was a major Hollywood star and just before shooting a scene on a movie he was in, he'd gone out of his way to make sure he hadn't been ignorant to someone who in the scheme of things was a complete nobody. He didn't know me and didn't have to do that. I didn't realize he was only 51. A class act and a genuinely nice man.