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.
“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.