James Gandolfini's death has left a generation of TV fans reeling from the tragic loss of a legend. While history will remember his brilliant work in as a feared mob boss in "The Sopranos," Gandolfini has been eulogized by his co-stars and collaborators as a kind, gentle and humble person.
Perhaps no other interview gives a closer look at Gandolfini, the actor and the man, than this 2004 interview on "Inside The Actor's Studio" (above). For 45 minutes, Gandolfini and James Lipton discussed the actor's upbringing, early career and his game-changing role on "The Sopranos." It's a must-watch as we remember one of the greats.
UPDATE: In a statement, James Lipton reflected on Gandolfini's legacy, and looked back on their time together. “When James Gandolfini was on Inside the Actors Studio, our students discovered how thoughtful the real James was - and how knowledgeable and caring he was about the craft he practiced so effortlessly that it didn't look like acting at all. Like all of the finest actors, James convinced you that whatever you were seeing and hearing was just James being James, with no artifice or design. In fact, it was James being precisely what the writer had written and the director had asked for. We've lost a wonderfully skilled actor.”
Bravo also announced Thursday that it would be re-airing Gandolfini's "Inside The Actor's Studio" interview at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 23.