Friday, Sep. 17, 2010

Tony Soprano

Every grandiose goombah needs his comfort food. But the most cavalier criminals never chew. Marvel as Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his fork approach a world record for ziti stabbings in this scene. The subject behind his al dente mood is Paulie Gualtieri (Tony Sirico), a paranoid yet paramount underboss in the DiMeo crime family. As rumblings surface over Paulie's loose tongue, Tony battles endlessly to cajole his tanned partner's confession. Frustrated with the back-and-forth banter, Tony turns to drinks. But he's thinking "whack" the entire time. One of the most complex, profane and memorable TV shows of all time, The Sopranos enthralled viewers for six seasons on HBO. The source of much of that fascination was the family head himself — a psychologically fragile Mob boss capable of incredibly rash acts of violence. It's hard to watch Gandolfini act in any other role without thinking, "Tony."