|Da chi mi fido, mi guardi Dio, da chi non mi fido guarderò io.|
One night years ago, when I still had the moolah for HBO, I was in the kitchen getting a snack when my wife called me into the living room.
"Watch this show with me. It looks good" she said.
It was the first episode of The Sopranos. I never stopped watching.
With the stunning loss of James Gandolfini at age 51, any possibility of a Soprano's project is sleeping with the fishes. The one irreplaceable character on The Sopranos was Tony. Livia: Expendable. Junior: Ditto. Even losing Carmela would probably not have doomed the show. But Tony was the center of the wheel around which everything revolved.
Gandolfini was absolutely perfect as Tony Soprano. There is no one who could have done the role better, just as no one but William Shatner could have turned the trick of being Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series.
I'll leave you with some of my favorite Tony Soprano lines:
“If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”
“Those who want respect, give respect.”
Janice Soprano: What'd you do with him?
Tony Soprano: We buried him... On a hill overlooking a little river, with pine cones all around.
Janice Soprano: You did?
Tony Soprano: C'mon Janice, what the f__k? What do you care what we did with him, huh?
Tony Soprano: What is that?
Irina Peltsin: "Chicken soup for the soul".
Tony Soprano: You should read "tomato sauce for your ass", it's the Italian version.
"What happened to Gary Cooper? The strong, silent type. That was an American."
Rest in Peace, James Gandolfini.
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