John Travolta and James Gandolfini were more than just co-stars, they were also close friends.
The two had a long history of friendship, beginning with their families' friendship that blossomed in their shared home state of New Jersey.
In fact, John Travolta was the one who inspired James to start acting to begin with, as John explained:
"I was his inspiration to get into the business. He would see pictures of me on the wall from movies and decided he wanted to be an actor.”
We’re grateful James followed in John's footsteps and rose to become a cherished actor in the eyes and hearts of many.
James wasn’t only cherished for his acting roles, though. He was also an extremely kind soul, and was a shoulder to lean on for others in their times of need. Travolta talked about James’ support during the tragic death of his own son:
“James went out of his way to come to Florida and he would not leave Florida until I was OK or he felt that I would be fine. After a week I said, 'Jim, you can really, you can, you know, we'll be fine. I've got a lot of support here. The idea that in our profession someone would go out of their way and not want to leave you until he felt you were OK, that's the kind of soul that James Gandolfini was.”
John wants to repay that kindness in any way he can, and now that James isn’t here to be the recipient, John wants to pass that same support along to James’ family. He said:
“My goal is to make sure that his family is OK. His little boy, I watched him grow up and his brand-new little girl. We'll just make sure they're taken care of. That's the whole idea."
We’re happy to hear that James’ family will have the support and love of the people James touched throughout the duration of his life.
Our thoughts and hearts are with them as well.
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