‘The Sopranos’ Cast Reunites For Show’s 20th Anniversary, Remembers James Gandolfini

Jennifer Casale | Contributor

The cast of “The Sopranos” reunited yesterday for the HBO crime drama show’s 20th anniversary, and took time to remember their late colleague, James Gandolfini.

Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt and 11 other cast members got together for the first time in years to participate in a group interview with “The Today Show” and discuss their experiences working on the hit series.

Before the interview began, the cast joined hands in prayer to remember the late James “Jimmy” Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano and died of a heart attack in 2013.

“We need a moment because our big boy’s not here and I loved him so much,” Lorraine Bracco said.

The cast of the Sopranos accepts the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series award onstage during the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The cast of the Sopranos accepts the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series award onstage during the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The actors spent much of the interview talking about Gandolfini’s talent and the impact he had on their lives. “You people don’t have any idea how great it was to work with James Gandolfini. He was the best,” Vincent Pastore said.

Van Zandt echoed Pastore’s praise. “You do a scene with Jimmy Gandolfini, you walk away a better actor,” he said.

Dominic Chianese even broke down in tears as he recalled the time when Gandolfini asked him, “Don’t you love me?”

In addition to sharing fond memories of the show’s leading man, the cast also expressed great gratitude for the series itself.

Actor James Gandolfini participates in the American Museum Of The Moving Image Salute To John Travolta at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel December 5, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Actor James Gandolfini participates in the American Museum Of The Moving Image Salute To John Travolta at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel December 5, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

“‘Sopranos’ might be the only relationship in my whole life where I look back and I can’t find a bad memory,” Robert Iler said.

“The Sopranos” won a total of 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes during its six-season run.

“How could one look at this as anything but a blessing,” Falco said.

The show’s creator, David Chase, is in the process of making a prequel film titled, “The Many Saints of Newark”. The film is set to premiere later this year.

Jennifer Casale

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