James Gandolfini on HBO’s Cinema Verite

James Gandolfini returns to HBO in the film, Cinema Verite.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini was a surprise addition to HBO’s presentation to the Television Critics Association. Not previously announced, he plays a major role in their movie Cinema Verite. Craig Gilbert produced the first reality series, following the Loud family with cameras, and captured the marriage falling apart and their son coming out. I got to ask Gandolfini some questions about the new movie and some fun Soprano-related stuff.


CraveOnline: What insight did you gain into the filmmaker’s perspective on reality TV?

James Gandolfini: I’m talking about with the character. When you are the producer of anything, I think you are responsible for getting it done. I think that it’s a very difficult thing and there’s a lot to deal with. Once it starts, it’s a bit of a runaway train and you have to deal with everything that comes at you. I’m not sure that answered your question but maybe it did.


CraveOnline: It starts to, so in the context of when the marriage is falling apart and the producer is pushing his crew to keep shooting, did you get some insight as to why that could be important? Does he have a point about the social relevance of it?

James Gandolfini: This is difficult. I’m not going to talk for Craig Gilbert, what he wanted or if he wanted to push something, if he had an end result in mind. I don't think he did but I think you’d have to ask him that.


CraveOnline: Did it amuse you when Don’t Stop Believin’ became famous for Glee?

James Gandolfini: Oh, I actually didn’t know that.


CraveOnline: When was the last time someone asked you about the ending of The Sopranos?

James Gandolfini: A while ago.


CraveOnline: What do you tell those people?

James Gandolfini: I did what I was told. That’s what I did. David Chase. 


Cinema Verite airs this Saturday on HBO at 9pm.