VIDEO: Best of The Sopranos with James Gandolfini
The Sopranos cast reflects on the life of James Gandolfini as we watch the most memorable scenes of the show, including the final scene.
The Sopranos was the hallmark of HBO for its six-season run led by mob boss Tony Soprano. We take a look at some the best scenes from The Sopranos as the show's co-stars reflect on the life and talent of their late friend James Gandolfini.
Edie Falco: played Carmela Soprano (NSFW)
Edie Falco and James Gandolfini portrayed one of the most intense and dynamic on-screen couples as Carmela and Tony Soprano for HBO's critically and commercially successful series, The Sopranos. Falco is understandably shaken by Gandolfini's sudden death and while she's not currently giving interviews regarding the death of her longtime co-star, she did release a statement to USA Today.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family."
She continued that to say that she will "forever hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
Gandolfini famously told Vanity Fair in 2012 he was "in love" with Edie Falco — a reflection of the two stars' unique on-screen chemistry and friendship outside the show. "I'm still in love with Edie. And, of course, I love my wife, but I'm in love with Edie. I don't know if I'm in love with Carmela or Edie or both. I'm in love with her."
The closeness of Edie and James made it difficult for the pair to separate their on-screen connection as Tony and Carmela. Falco explained during the same candid Vanity Fair interview, "You know, Jim's a complicated guy. He never knew how good he was. He was always second-guessing, and trying, and caring about the way things came across."
Falco continued, "I knew almost nothing about his personal life, and he didn't know anything about me either. He was just Tony — he really was full inhabiting the part of this man that I was married to. And it was thrilling. Usually, if you look deep enough when you're doing a scene with somebody, you can see the actor, and I never saw anybody but Tony. Never."
Both James Gandolfini and Edie Falco won numerous awards for their roles as the ultimate mob couple. Gandolfini picked up three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama Series.
Lorraine Bracco: played Dr. Jennifer Melfi (NSFW)
The tension between Dr. Jennifer Melfi and Tony Soprano was one of the most interesting characteristics of the The Sopranos. Upon hearing the news of James Gandolfini's death, Bracco commented on the loss of an icon. "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
Steven Van Zandt: played Silvio Dante (NSFW)
Known as "Sil" to fans of The Sopranos, Dante was Tony's confidant, or, commonly referred to in mob culture as the family's consigliere. Said Van Zandt on hearing the news of Gandolfini's death, "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time"
Michael Imperioli: played Christopher Moltisanti (NSFW)
Christopher Moltisanti was Tony Soprano's protégé and looked to Tony to fulfill a much-needed fatherly role. Said Imperioli, "Jimmy treated us all like family with generosity, loyalty, and compassion that is rare in this world. Working with him was a pleasure and privilege. I will be forever grateful having a friend the likes of Jimmy."
The final Sopranos scene: Tony Soprano
James Gandolfini even channeled Tony Soprano when he discussed his thoughts on how The Sopranos series finale ended:
"When I first saw the ending, I said, 'What the f***?' I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it's over like that? But after I had a day to sleep, I just say there and said, 'That's perfect.'"