"He was a genius," David Chase, the Emmy-winning creator of The Sopranos who most recently directed Gandolfini in the film Not Fade Away, said in a statement to E! News. In Italy to attend a film festival Gandolfini died after suffering an apparent heart attack in Rome
"Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.'