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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I think both of those movies glorified the mafia, more or less. What set The Sopranos apart is they successfully depicted the class structure of the mafia in real detail while also showing them to be, in their own way, true working class schlubs.
    There is no mafia.

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    There is no mafia.
    Why do you say that?

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    How? He played a man who ruled his family with an iron fist, yet they got away with murder behind his back.
    And he ruled the "family" with an iron fist and killed those who got in his way or were looking like a liabilty.
    Being of Italian decent, I found his character to be disgusting.
    Actually his character was very vulnerable and suffered from depression hence his complicated relationship with his shrink. He killed people but was often haunted byhis past.

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    More like all the stress on his body from being fat. If anyone can take anything from this it's that fat people just don't live very long.

    It's sad. He was an incredibly talented actor with amazing stage presence.


    Depends on a variety of things. Proportionally, my grandmother was about as fat as Gandolfini. She lived to be 90.


    Of course, she didn't smoke or drink and ate lots of vegetables, too.

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Depends on a variety of things. Proportionally, my grandmother was about as fat as Gandolfini. She lived to be 90.


    Of course, she didn't smoke or drink and ate lots of vegetables, too.
    Generally speaking, if one is fat, one assumes that other elements of one's lifestyle is equally unhealthy.

    Generally speaking.

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    I never saw an episode of The Sopranos. Heard a lot about it but when I would see Gandolphini I would immediately think of his mafia character in True Romance... especially when he confronted Brad Pitt's stoned character.

    On a side note... Brad Pitt's portrayal of a stoner in this movie, IMO, is second only to Sean Penn's Spiccoli character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
    When I first heard of The Sopranos, I thought "meh- doesn't sound like much of a story". Man, was I surprised when I started watching it. What made it so appealing to me, and I suspect to many others, was the way they took a bad guy personna, showed the human side of him, and made you feel empathetic with the man, regardless of his lifestyle. THe character development was excellent.
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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    we throw the word "great" around too much ... I agree, and in the end, your sympathies have to be for the ones who loved him and he loved ... just as it should be with anyone who passes ... this fascination with actors, sports stars, etc. is not healthy ... I have much more admiration for teachers, doctors, garbage collectors, mechanics, etc. who go to work everyday and do their jobs well for people like us ...
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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    Everyone is great for at least a week after they die. is part of the process. I never saw Sopranos or True Romance, I have heard of him and saw the 'news' shows talking up and then the disappointment of the final episode.

    Past that I don't know if he will be one of the greats a year from now. Time will tell.

    My condolences to his family.

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    Re: One of the Greats has fallen

    I watched the Sopranos religiously, and loved watching James Gandolphini
    and the rest of the actors do a pretty convincing portrayal of a NJ Mob family.

    That said I don't chalk up his acting with that of say Joe Pesci. In Casino and Goodfella's he was so convincingly evil for a moment you thought you were sure to be the next poor schlub on his hit list.

    Robert Deniro and Al Sorvino in Goodfellas and of course Marlon Brando in the Godfather, great actors.

    What drew me away from Sopranos was a far better show, Breaking Bad.

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