The Cast Of ‘The Drop’ Pay Tribute To James Gandolfini

“He was a brilliant artist and he had a very high standard… he wanted to bring as much as he possibly could to the table.”

Remarkably, it’s been almost eighteen months since the big man passed. But this week, James Gandolfini returns to our screens in his final film, The Drop – a lowkey but satisfiying crime drama in which he plays Cousin Marv, a character inkeeping with his biggest roles in True Romance, Killing Them Softly and of course Tony Soprano.

In this special behind-the-scenes clip, co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as writer Dennis Lehane, share their memories of working with Gandolfini.

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“The moment I knew he was cast, I went in and gave him extra lines," says Lehane, adding that he couldn’t have dreamed of a better actor for the role.

While the whole thing is a bit of a tear-jerker, it’s Tom Hardy’s appraisal of the man that’ll stick with you as you sit down in cinemas this Friday, “He was also incredibly funny and self-effacing. He was very humble. He had a tremendous range of vulnerability to ferocious violence.”

Couldn't have put it better ourselves.

The Drop is released 14 November.

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