This sad day just keeps getting sadder…
We were lucky enough to see the late and unbelievably gifted James Gandolfini in defining roles in The Sopranos, In The Loop, Zero Dark Thirty, and so many more. What's unfortunate is that there are at least a few performances of his that we may never get to see.
James was working on two projects for HBO, and one for CBS. The HBO projects included Bone Wars, the story of two real life paleontologists after the Civil War who discover over 160 dinosaur fossils, which had Steve Carell attached, and Criminal Justice, whose pilot was taped but whose future is now uncertain. James was also connected with the CBS project Taxi-22, which just had its script approved.
James died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday while vacationing in Rome with family before participating in an event at the Taormina Film Festival. The Taormina Film Festival press office announced that they had planned to award James a prize at the Festival's closing ceremony, but they will now be holding a tribute instead.
The tribute will be the first of many opportunities to remember and honor James' career this year. Of course, we could never forget James' characters, nor the big, nice guy who played them.
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