The man who gave James Gandolfini the most iconic role of his life spoke Thursday at the late actor's funeral. The Sopranos creator, David Chase, decided to read to those in attendance a letter he had written to James after his death.
Chase recalled his time working with Gandolfini on the HBO series and also said he considered him a brother:
"I really feel that, though I’m older than you, that we are brothers. We have different tastes, but there are things we both love, which was family, work, people in all their imperfection, food, alcohol, talking, rage, and a desire to bring the whole structure crashing down. We amused each other."
Chase was the only member from the cast and crew of The Sopranos to speak. Gandolfini's wife and two friends also memorialized him.
Read David Chase's full letter to James Gandolfini below: