James Gandolfini Remembered: His Work On Demand
It's likely to feel somewhat personal, but when I play reruns of "The Sopranos" this weekend I'm going to be just one of tens of thousands of people who are going to say farewell to James Gandolfini by once again welcoming him to the screen.
At the age of 51, the Jersey guy who is known the world over as Tony passed away. Gandolfini and his crew helped make neighborhood streets like Broad Street in Bloomfield the location of Holsten's Ice Cream shop where the last scene of the hit show was filmed tourist attractions.
It's almost difficult to imagine today that his character and the show paved the way for a succession of main characters who are anti-heroes, individuals who you shouldn't want to root for.
If like me you're interested in watching Gandolfini at his finest, in rooting for Tony one more time, FiOS TV is making it easy for you.
* All seasons of The Sopranos are available on HBO Go, for HBO subscribers.
* Past seasons of The Sopranos are also available on HBO On Demand, for HBO subscribers.
* And we will be offering a James Gandolfini tribute folder under FiOS TV's On Demand/What’s Hot, which will offer both James Gandolfini movies to rent/buy and all episodes of The Sopranos seasons!
One of the more poignant interviews Gandolfini conducted was with James Lipton on Inside The Actor’s Studio, a program known for helping us learn so much about actors and actresses whose lives makes our own more rich.
A Hero in Real Life
Gandolfini may have possessed a unique talent to play sociopaths, but off camera his soul was often on display. It can be easy to forget that he was an advocate for veterans, sometimes making appearances at USO events with other Soprano stars. And then there his documentaries.
The first, “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq,” was made in 2007 after the actor visited Iraq and the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, according to Stars and Stripes. His second work, also from HBO, saw Gandolfini as a producer in “Wartorn: 1861-2010,” in which he interviewed veterans and active service members about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He may be gone, but an impressive body of work remains. See ya around, Tony.