Saturday, August 3, 2013
Cheers to James Gandolfini
It’s been about almost 2 months since James passed away of a heart attack in Rome. I am still in non-belief!
I was one of his biggest fans when he played Tony Soprano, Godfather in HBO’S Soprano’s. As Tony, Gandolfino kept everyone glued to their couches on Sunday evenings.
In 2009, I had the honor of getting back stage access at “God of Carnage”. Marcia Gay Harden, my friend and past wine tasting client arranged this very special visit. The play was amazing. The set was a living room where two couples are discussing what boundaries their rambunctious children broke. In the beginning, James voice had a lisp and was speaking softer than his Tony Soprano tone. When the phone continued to ring, with his mother’s continued nags, James screamed “WTF MOM!” in his typical Tony Soprano titrate. Everyone applauded!
I had the pleasure of meeting James in person after the show. He was in front of the theater signing autographs. At first, when he saw me he was cautious until he realized that I was harmless. When I approached, he extended a hand shake and asked “where’s my wine?”
As a true “Sopranosholic” I was always dreaming of a Soprano’s movie, in “Sex in The City” style. This will not be possible after James demise. I guess, James has faded into black just like the Soprano’s series.