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TIFF: Tom Hardy on acting with James Gandolfini: 'I just wanted to please him'

For someone with his immense range and talent, Tom Hardy has been a “one to watch” far too long. Years before he went toe-to-toe with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, he made his debut in HBO’s Band of Brothers in 2001, quickly graduated to Star Trek villain in 2002, and won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for Inception in 2011. Earlier this year, he carried an entire film, Locke, in which he just drove a car and talked on the phone.

Next year, all of that oozing charisma and alluring sense of danger that practically vibrates through his characters will be unleashed with the starring role in George Miller’s Mad Max reboot. Those same qualities are on display in The Drop, his gritty Brooklyn crime thriller with James Gandolfini that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 5 and opens in theaters on Sept. 12. In some ways, his bartender Bob Saginowsky plays a similar type of loner as the iconic futuristic road warrior. Like Max Rockatansky, Bob just wants to be left alone, but his world is full of dangerous characters who prey on the weak and simply take what they want.

Hardy sat down with EW to discuss The Drop, working with the late Gandolfini, and the diverse pair of tough guys he’s up to play next. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy tangle with real tough guys in 'The Drop'


In The Drop, Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini play two Brooklyn cousins trying to make ends meet on the fringe of gangster life without sticking their necks out too far. Gandolfini, in what is his final onscreen performance, plays Cousin Marv, the manager of the seedy bar who once was respected and feared in the neighborhood but now settles for something less. Hardy plays Bob, the detached bartender who sees and hears nothing while he makes the nightly money drops that keep the business alive.

But when Bob finds an abandoned puppy and meets a pretty woman (Noomi Rapace), his disciplined disengagement is tested and he has to confront the beast that might still lurk beneath his own skin. The gritty crime drama, which opens Sept. 12, is based on a Dennis Lehane short story and directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead).

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, Lehane, Rapace, and others dissect the story and characters at the heart of the drama. As for Hardy, those Marlon Brando comparisons aren’t going away anytime soon. Try to watch and listen to his Bob Saginowski and not think of On the Waterfront‘s Terry Malloy. READ FULL STORY

'The Drop' trailer: James Gandolfini hides a dark past in his final film -- VIDEO


In what ended up being the last film of his career, James Gandolfini plays a former criminal involved in the underworld of funneling cash to local gangsters in The Drop.

Gandolfini plays cousin Marv in the crime drama, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. When lonely bartender Bob (Hardy) finds himself in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, an investigation into the neighborhood’s past has everyone’s friends, families, and foes worried. Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) directs the film with a screenplay from author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Watch James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Enough Said' bloopers -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


After the untimely death of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini in June, fans were comforted by watching the critically acclaimed Enough Said, which earned Gandolfini’s co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Now, we have an exclusive clip from the DVD for Enough Said, which shows Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus sharing a laugh in the film’s gag reel. Watch the clip below:

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Enough Said': 'It's kind of an ugly crowd' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


In Enough Said, which premieres at next month’s Toronto Film Festival, the late James Gandolfini plays Albert, a teddy-bear of a guy who falls for Eva, a single mom played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Both of them have one child who is about to begin college, leaving them alone to bond over their shared sense of abandonment. Their blossoming romance gets bumpy when she discovers that his ex is one of her new clients (Catherine Keener), a poet who unwittingly skews Eva’s impression of her new beau.

In the exclusive clip below, the two are introduced at a swanky party, a swanky ugly party, where the two connect on their shared poor opinion of the opposite sex present. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini 'didn't have a lot of confidence' acting in 'Enough Said,' says director

James Gandolfini took on his first ever romantic comedy in the months before his tragic death on June 19 — and it didn’t come as naturally to the Sopranos star as his numerous tough-guy roles.

In Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, Gandolfini plays Albert, a divorcee who falls for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Eve, a divorced masseuse who’s facing an empty nest as her daughter prepares to leave for college. Eve loves Albert, but when she finds out that he’s the ex-husband of her friend/client, Marianne (Catherin Keener), she begins to question their relationship.

Louis-Dreyfus, who was cast first, loved the idea of working with Gandolfini. “When I brought up the idea of Jim, she was like, ‘Hell yeah! He’s sexy,’ says Holofcener. Unsurprisingly, the Veep actress felt more comfortable with the comedic stylings of Enough Said than Gandolfini. “Julia’s just a hilarious person,” says the director, who remembers a moment on set when she and Dreyfus simply could stop laughing. “We’re doubled over, and Jim is standing there like, ‘Oh my god, I think I signed up to be in a chick flick.’” READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini stars in 'Enough Said' trailer -- VIDEO


Tony Soprano has a meet-cute with Elaine Benes. Enough Said.

Well, actually, that’s not the gist at all of Enough Said, the indie romantic comedy from Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money). James Gandolfini, in one of his final performances, plays a sweet divorced dad who falls for a neurotic massage therapist (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Potential problem: His ex is one of the therapist’s new clients, a woman (Catherine Keener) who bitches incessantly about her former husband to her massage therapist without knowing the damage she is creating. As a result, Louis-Dreyfus’ character can’t help but see her new boyfriend through his ex’s eyes. So when Gandolfini says to her after a date, “Why do I feel like I just spent the evening with my ex-wife?” — undoubtedly one of the cruelest sentences in the English language — there’s some truth there.

Watch the trailer below:

James Gandolfini's 'Enough Said' gets a release date


Enough Said, one of James Gandolfini’s last unreleased films, will arrive in limited release Sept. 20, Fox Searchlight announced Thursday.

Directed by Nicole Holofcener, the romantic dramedy was somewhat of a departure for Gandolfini, who plays a leading man and the main love interest. In the movie, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a sad, divorced woman, befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), an empowered woman in a similar situation. Inspired by Marianne’s zest and confidence, Eva decides to take a little bit of control over her own life and happiness and date Albert (Gandolfini). But as luck would have it, Albert turns out to be Marianne’s ex-husband.

At the time of his death, Gandolfini had also wrapped the Brooklyn-set mob drama Animal Rescue for director Michael Roskam with Tom Hardy. Animal Rescue, also a Fox Searchlight picture, will be released sometime in 2014.

Kristen Stewart on James Gandolfini: 'Every memory flooded back and gutted me.'


They were mismatched from the get-go.

James Gandolfini was hulking, fearsome, and bristling with submerged rage and grief. Kristen Stewart was tiny, fragile and fronting false confidence as she spiraled into self-destruction.

At least, those were their characters in Welcome to the Rileys, a 2010 indie drama starring her as a teenage stripper/prostitute and him as the well-meaning but misguided father of a deceased child who thought he could try and save her instead.

Stewart has been silent since Gandolfini’s unexpected death last week from a heart attack at age 51, but with his funeral set for Thursday in New York, she is opening up about the loss of a friend and colleague: READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt on the death of James Gandolfini: 'I am gutted by this loss'

James Gandolfini, who passed away yesterday in Rome from a suspected heart attack, was best known as Tony Soprano, the morally corrupt but emotionally vulnerable New Jersey mobster and family man who propelled HBO’s The Sopranos to artistic and popular excellence from 1999 to 2007. But before, during, and after his reign as TV’s most mesmerizing dramatic actor, Gandolfini appeared in several high-profile movies, opposite actors like John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, and Brad Pitt.

Pitt co-starred with Gandolfini three times, in 1993’s True Romance, 2001’s The Mexican and last year’s Killing Them Softly, in which both men played hit-men at various stages of their careers. “He’s the man,” Pitt said back in 2001, when he and Julia Roberts tangled with Gandolfini’s gay hit-man at the height of the actor’s Sopranos‘ popularity. “He’s one of those great actors who finds meaning in every line. I love watching him work.”

The World War Z star released a statement about his colleague:

“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace.”

Gandolfini had been reluctant to play another mob character in Killing Them Softly, but he was finally won over by what the character symbolized. “I started thinking, maybe, I’ve done a bunch of these guys and this is kind of the final nail in the coffin,” Gandolfini told ABC News in November. “This is where you are at the end.”

Read More:
James Gandolfini’s posthumous finished films: ‘Enough Said’ and ‘Animal Rescue’ 
‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase on the death of James Gandolfini
EW Tribute: James Gandolfini changed TV for the better

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