Vince Gilligan: Without Tony Soprano There Would Be No Walter White
The "Breaking Bad" creator/exec producer recalls, after meeting James Gandolfini, "being struck by the disconnect between the scary mob boss and the warm and friendly man who played him."
This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
I've said it many times, publicly and privately. I've said it to friends and strangers alike. But I've never said it on an occasion as sad as this: Without Tony Soprano, there would be no Walter White. I'm pretty sure I said it to James Gandolfini himself the one time I met him. I remember being struck by the disconnect between the scary mob boss I had seen on TV and the warm and friendly man who played him. I don't know why I was so surprised -- it's all just acting, after all. But a guy that good makes you forget. He shook my hand by cupping it in both of his, which I'll also always remember. I felt so honored. What a terrible loss.
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