EvenBob
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June 20th, 2013 at 2:38:11 PM permalink
James Gandolfini, actually, but Tony Soprano
died with him. I'm really in shock over this. 51
years old, no signs of ill health, and he has a
heart attack and drops dead. The exact same
thing happened to a friend of mine at 51 and
I never got over that either.

No Soprano's movie for HBO, there was a script
in the works. What a shame for the family, and
Gandolfini had a legion of friends who all loved
him dearly. A real loss to all of us..
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AlanMendelson
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June 20th, 2013 at 2:52:13 PM permalink
I thought he was an excellent actor. I saw him in many movies over the years. But I was surprised to find out he died at the age of 51. I thought he was much older. Passing at 51 adds to the tragedy.
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June 21st, 2013 at 3:59:27 PM permalink
Never watched Saprano's. I'm guessing the show glorified mobsters in some fashion or another. The flags have been ordered to half staff in New Jersey by Gov. "slim" Chris Christie. I envision a day where flags throughout the country will be a half staff 365 days a year due to a myriad of innocuous reasons.
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EvenBob
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June 21st, 2013 at 4:10:32 PM permalink
Quote: treetopbuddy

Never watched Saprano's. I'm guessing the show glorified mobsters in some fashion or another.



The opposite in fact. Tony Soprano had a miserable
private life, and a miserable mob life. He was under
stress all the time, and suffered from panic attacks.
His home life was a joke, always at odds with his wife
and kids. He was a slow moving train wreck, that was
the fascination of the show. What was he going to
do next to screw up his life even more.
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treetopbuddy
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June 21st, 2013 at 4:20:42 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The opposite in fact. Tony Soprano had a miserable
private life, and a miserable mob life. He was under
stress all the time, and suffered from panic attacks.
His home life was a joke, always at odds with his wife
and kids. He was a slow moving train wreck, that was
the fascination of the show. What was he going to
do next to screw up his life even more.



Really? Tony Saprano and I have alot in common, I mean a lot........Maybe I'll watch the reruns starting from season 1. Fly the flag at half mast we deserve it....
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EvenBob
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June 21st, 2013 at 4:33:27 PM permalink
Quote: treetopbuddy

Really? Tony Saprano and I have alot in common, I mean a lot........Maybe I'll watch the reruns starting from season 1. ..



You won't regret watching. It didn't glorify Mob
life at all, like the Godfather did.
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June 21st, 2013 at 4:58:35 PM permalink
I'm surprised that Gandolfini was just three years older than me.

For those who miss the Sopranos, I think that Breaking Bad is just as good.
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EvenBob
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June 21st, 2013 at 5:10:36 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I'm surprised that Gandolfini was just three years older than me.

For those who miss the Sopranos, I think that Breaking Bad is just as good.



BB can only end with Walt's demise. I say his
brother in law does it.
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June 21st, 2013 at 5:57:36 PM permalink
Quote: treetopbuddy

Never watched Saprano's. I'm guessing the show glorified mobsters in some fashion or another.


It's a mobster-themed soap opera, for the most part.

The mob in the show is clearly taking its last breaths, falling apart, settling down, being picked out by the police, picked on by disorganized gangs and competitors. It's not so much about the mob as about how can a past-midlife guy try and enjoy his basic life (wife, kids, dog and TV) while being in the mob.

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Breaking Bad is better. Sopranos is engaging to watch, but at the end of the day, it's stories you've seen before in a context you've seen before, just not these stories in this context. The show's slow-paced, spread thin, it's a bus tour on a hilly road. Breaking Bad is a rollercoaster with a lit M80 in your butt.
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June 21st, 2013 at 6:08:50 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

no signs of ill health, and he has a
heart attack and drops dead



He was apparently seeking some kind of treatment for a serious alcohol problem (AA) and was known to do some harder drugs. That kind of living (if the reports are correct) plus his size would certainly make him a prime candidate for a heart attack. Rest in peace.

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