NYC's Little Italy reacts to James Gandolfini's death
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 01:11
June 20 - Regulars and visitors to New York's Little Italy talk about the death of the popular Sopranos actor. Alicia Powell reports.
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New York's Little Italy is mourning the death of Emmy-winning actor James Gandolfini.
Many here share the Italian-American heritage that both Gandolfini and his most famous role, Tony Soprano, embodied.
He played a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the TV series, but people here say that in real life Gandolfini was known for his reserved demeanor.
James Bari is the owner of Benito One restaurant.
SOUNDBITE: James Bari, Benito One owner, saying (English):
"Very, very nice man, very, very. Nothing at all like you would think he was in the series, from what I understand. You know, they all were, they all were very, very nice people."
Soprano's fan Brad Jones is finding it hard to believe the news.
SOUNDBITE: Brad Jones, Sopranos fan, saying (English):
"Actually as we walked by the Mulberry Street Bar, they always have a picture James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. And we walked by and just stopped and looked. It's still kind of a shock, you know?".
Numerous scenes from the show were shot at this bar, resulting in the establishment being nicknamed the "Soprano's Bar".
Gandolfini was vacationing in Italy before a scheduled appearance at a film festival in Sicily, when he died.
He was 51 years old.
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