- Neal Boortz defends Hillary Clinton for representing child rapist
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
- Israel’s ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report
In bite-sized roles, Gandolfini ubiquitous again
Question of the Day
“People don’t know and they shouldn’t know that you work incredibly hard as an actor,” he says. “So in terms of a blue collar background, that matches up. But it is an odd way to make a living. Putting somebody else’s pants on and pretending to be somebody else is occasionally, as you grow older, horrifying.”
But Gandolfini gravitated to acting as a release, a way to get rid of anger. “I don’t know what exactly I was angry about,” he says.
That inner rage helped Gandolfini land his breakthrough role as a brutal mob enforcer in Tony Scott’s “True Romance,” a part that led to Tony Soprano. His distaste for that character and some of Tony’s uglier nature is still present for Gandolfini.
“I try to avoid certain things and certain kinds of violence at this point,” he says. “I’m getting older, too. I don’t want to be beating people up as much. I don’t want to be beating women up and those kinds of things that much anymore.”
In “Zero Dark Thirty” violence is meted out by others, while Gandolfini’s foul-mouthed Panetta is an intimidating boardroom presence.
“He brings to the set so much authority and gravitas just naturally in who he is,” says Bigelow. “It felt like a perfect symmetry.”
“Killing Them Softy,” though, is a rare return to the territory Gandolfini has avoided. This older, end-of-the-line gangster, Gandolfini says, completes an arc for him of mafia men, a kind of epilogue of the “last, most pathetic one in the end.”
“I was hesitant to play another quote-unquote mob guy,” he says. “You know, I’ve played a lot of these guys and so I’m getting to a place where I want to play different people. This is kind of a guy who’s a culmination of everybody I’ve played at the end. This is like the last nail in the coffin.”
Follow Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- Rick Perry: County jails in Texas have taken in 203,000 "criminal aliens"
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat
- 'Straight White Guy Festival' supposedly set for Ohio park
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq