Inside The Actor’s Studio airs James Gandolfini TV interview Sunday

The award-winning Bravo cable network show reruns Gandolfini’s 2004 interview as a tribute to his life and career. Photo: James Gandolfini on Inside the Actors Studio, 2004 / Bravo

SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2013 - The Bravo cable network show “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton, commemorates the life and career of actor James Gandolfini with a special broadcast of his appearance on the award-winning series on Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.  

Bravo will show encore the episode, which originally aired on October 17, 2004, on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. and again Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. Click here for a look back at the episode

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Gandolfini appeared on “Inside The Actors Studio” four months after the fifth season of “The Sopranos” had been completed on HBO. The series ran its sixth and final season in two parts, from March 12 through June 4, 2006; and April 8 through June 10, 2007.

Gandolfini rarely did sit-down, one on one interviews. But his appearance on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” was one of his most in-depth ever. Gandolofini was a member of the Actor’s Studio, and he was coached in every role he played as an adult by Susan Aston at the Actor’s Studio.

Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton. Photo: Courtesy Bravo.

Licensing agreements run out after several years for the older episodes of the series, and Bravo had to quickly contact host and excutive producer James Lipton to ask if he would agree to re-license the Gandolfini episode. He agreed immediately.

Lipton got the actor to open up about his Italian heritage, working on “The Sopranos,” and of course grilled Gandolfini with his famous Pivot Questionnaire. Gandolfini offered some surprising answers His favorite word? “Pickle.” What turns him off? “Greed” Of course he reveals his favorite curse word. And his favorite sound? “Someone who’s close to me belching!”

The final question Lipton poses to all his guests from the questionnaire takes on a haunting air today. It often turns Lipton into America’s eulogist for the performing artists who have appeared on his program.

“What would you like to hear God say when you approach the Pearly Gates?”

“Take over for a while,” Gandolfini says, “I’ll be right back.”

“When James Gandolfini was on “Inside the Actors Studio,” our students discovered how thoughtful the real James was - and how knowledgeable and caring he was about the craft he practiced so effortlessly that it didn’t look like acting at all,” Lipton said. “Like all of the finest actors, James convinced you that whatever you were seeing and hearing was just James being James, with no artifice or design.  In fact, it was James being precisely what the writer had written and the director had asked for.  We’ve lost a wonderfully skilled actor.”

Numerous critics name “The Sopranos” as the most groundbreaking television series of all times. It was the first cable TV series to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. It was nominated every single year it was eligible, and won in 2004 and 2007. Gandolfini was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor six times, and won three times.  

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine and Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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