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Here’s a new article courtesy Cinema Blend. Two of the late Gandolfini’s films will be released posthumously, Animal Rescue written by detective novelist Dennis Lehane, and Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming comedy Enough Said. Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Gandolfini’s Enough Said co-star Toni Collette for The Way, Way Back, and I asked her to tell me about her experience on the film—which was previously untitled—and working with “Jim.” Her answer could easily be counted among some of the most eloquent words said about the star:
“It was excellent. Nicole is such a wonderful person to work with. She’s very, very easy-going and very open and very collaborative. All of the actors were incredible. And I’m so…(exhales)…It’s just so sad about Jim. Someone told me recently there was a story about him in the LA Times talking about what he was like as a person, and how he never got to play a character similar to him, that he was always cast as a bit of a brute. I mean specifically in The Sopranos he had – um – a big heart and a lot of conflict within him, the character I’m talking about…
But the sweetness (of him) was never really revealed (in his work). I’m so excited for his fans to be able to see him in Enough Said because he’s a total teddy bear in it. He’s the leading man. He’s sought after, loved, talked about, and I just feel so lucky to have gotten to work with him. He was the real deal. He actually had a twinkle in his eye. He was cheeky and wonderful. (Quietly) I can’t believe how young. I mean 51? It’s just too sad… So yeah, I had a great time making it, a great time making it. And what I’ve seen of it, it’s very smart and very funny. And I can’t wait to see it.”
Written and directed by Holofcener, Enough Said centers on a divorced woman suffering from empty nest (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose pursuit of a charming man (Gandolfini) is complicated when she realizes he is the ex-husband of a new friend (Catherine Keener). Collette told me she plays another of Louis-Dreyfus’s friend in the film. But where Louis-Dreyfus’s character is divorcing and dealing with sending her kid to college, Collette and onscreen spouse Ben Falcone are just at the beginning of their marriage and kid-raising troubles. Collette’s description of Gandolfini’s character in the film seems a real change of pace from the glaring tough guys roles he was known for. But it also sounds like it might be the closest a film role has come to capturing the captivating man who has made us root for bad guys for decades. I never met Gandolfini, much less knew him, but I suspect that it’s this charm and sweetness that everyone who did speaks of so often that is the key to even his bleakest roles. Because no matter how bad the guy he plays, he was oddly charming. There was a twinkle in his eye. And thankfully for those of us who’ve loved his work, there’s more to come and a great legacy to revisit.