"You put me in a pair of tighty-whities, you’re giving the people what they want."

Bryan Cranston, on his “Breaking Bad” pilot debut.

Newsweek  January 7, 2008



RIP, James Gandolfini

Gandolfini’s astonishing turn as Tony Soprano has made him TV’s most unassuming superstar, as well as one of its more improbable sex symbols—a balding, barrel-chested, 260-pound hunk of burning love. (“He’s a stud,” says Gore Verbinski, who directed Gandolfini and Roberts in “The Mexican.” “Women go crazy for this guy. I think it’s a documented fact.”) Financially, fame’s rewards have been unequivocal. The former character actor reportedly signed a two-year, $10 million deal with HBO last fall, and is now asking $6 million a movie. But personally? Fame? “He’s not thrilled about it,” says costar Edie Falco. “He’s a very quiet, shy person. He keeps saying, ‘I’m not all that interesting,’ which I happen to disagree with.”

Newsweek  April 2, 2001

RIP, James Gandolfini

Gandolfini’s astonishing turn as Tony Soprano has made him TV’s most unassuming superstar, as well as one of its more improbable sex symbols—a balding, barrel-chested, 260-pound hunk of burning love. (“He’s a stud,” says Gore Verbinski, who directed Gandolfini and Roberts in “The Mexican.” “Women go crazy for this guy. I think it’s a documented fact.”) Financially, fame’s rewards have been unequivocal. The former character actor reportedly signed a two-year, $10 million deal with HBO last fall, and is now asking $6 million a movie. But personally? Fame? “He’s not thrilled about it,” says costar Edie Falco. “He’s a very quiet, shy person. He keeps saying, ‘I’m not all that interesting,’ which I happen to disagree with.”

Newsweek  April 2, 2001