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James Gandolfini opens up about Tony Soprano and 'God of Carnage'

Actor James Gandolfini and Larry Mantle in KPCC's Studio A on May 12, 2011.
Actor James Gandolfini and Larry Mantle in KPCC's Studio A on May 12, 2011.
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James Gandolfini is best known for playing the likeable, sociopathic mob boss Tony Soprano for six seasons on HBO. But the actor has starred in numerous films in a wide variety of roles including Get Shorty, In the Loop, All the King’s Men and the just aired HBO movie Cinema Verite about the reality TV pioneers the Loud Family of San Diego.

Now, Gandolfini is on stage at the Ahmanson in the Tony Award winning play "God of Carnage" written by French playwright Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The funny, dark play stars Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and James Gandolfini. All four were in the New York production on Broadway, which was a huge success. The production is about two upscale Brooklyn couples who've met to talk through a physical encounter between their kids. The initially civilized conversation takes a hilarious and revealing turn.

The usually media-shy Gandolfini joins Larry in-studio to talk about "God of Carnage" and the double-edged sword of playing an iconic character like Tony Soprano.

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James Gandolfini, is an award-winning actor who is currently playing the role of Michael in "God of Carnage." He is best known for the role of Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos for which he received a Golden Globe, four SAG Awards and three Emmy Awards