James Gandolfini – Tony Soprano

Gandolfini is now recognised world-wide, and not only for his role int he sopranos. In the 1994 film ‘Terminal Velocity’, Gandolfini played Ben Pinkwater a level headed insurance man who turns out to be a violent Russian mobster. He also appeared in ‘The Juror’ as a mob enforcer with a conscience, and sense of moral balance, of which we see in The Sopranos. What Gandolfini had done for the Genre is give it relevance to everyday people. He, like many of us struggle with the everyday problem of stress, obesity, depression, marriage, parenthood and the like.


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