James Gandolfini's tribute from Edie Falco at the 2013 Emmys
When you see really great art, you can sometimes forget that behind it is a person with technique and skills, for sure, but with an instinct, a perspective that is distinctly their own that moves people, pulls them in, makes them wanna watch. James Gandolfini was one such individual.
His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that there are still a lot of people that have a hard time believing that's not who he really was. Well, I'm here to tell you, Jim was really quite different.
He had tremendous warmth and heart. He was kind. He was uniquely generous. One got the feeling that Jim was never quite comfortable with all the attention he got -- usually because he said it every chance he got. He was far more interested in turning the light on people he considered far more worthy.
Over the years, I was particularly moved by Jim's devotion to his family and his fierce loyalty to his friends, to all the people in his life. You can ask anybody who knew him -- if you needed anything at all, ever, Jim was there to take care of it before you even had a chance to ask.
You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man for 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life partner and for many more years as his friend. And it's Jim the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all.
We have nothing to add. *sniff*