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Friday 1 August 2014

Brad Pitt: I’m gutted at James Gandolfini loss

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt says he’s “gutted” at the news of James Gandolfini’s death and has expressed admiration for the star’s acting prowess.

The Sopranos star, 51, passed away from a suspected heart attack in Italy on Wednesday.

Brad co-starred with James three times, in 1993’s True Romance, The Mexican in 2001 and Killing Them Softly last year.

Brad feels privileged to have worked with James before his demise.

“I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man,” the World War Z star said in a statement. “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.”

The actor’s death has prompted many messages of condolences from Hollywood stars including John Travolta, Russell Crowe and Edie Falco who played his on-screen Sopranos wife Carmela.

Brad has previously been effusive about James’s acting talent, complimenting the star after working with him and Julia Roberts on The Mexican.  

“He’s the man,” Brad said. “He’s one of those great actors who finds meaning in every line. I love watching him work.”

James was set to make an appearance at the 59th Taormina Film Festival on Saturday, with the event now planning to pay tribute to him.

He leaves behind wife Deborah Lin and their eight-month-old daughter. The actor is also survived by his teenage son Michael from a previous marriage.

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