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Mike Luckovich

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  1. allinx

    allinx said, over 1 year ago

    This does not say Gandolfini, but Soprano. A murderer, a thief, a gangster, a bully, now in heaven. The sick side of hero worship.

  2. marilyn

    marilyn said, over 1 year ago

    i thought gandolfini was a great actor. he caught my attention in true romance, long before sopranos. i will miss him and wish him god speed.

  3. deadheadzan

    deadheadzan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Godspeed, Mr Gandolphini, Godspeed.

  4. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    Obviously, Tony Soprano was a role he played as an actor. He did it well. Actually, so well that he helped turn HBO from a fringe pay channel into a major network watched by tens of millions. I know many people who subscribed to HBO JUST to be able to watch The Sopranos.
    In real life though, Gandolfini was a kind and generous family man that will be missed by many.
    RIP Jimmy.

  5. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    I’m a bit disappointed in you, Omnius, as you comment sounds like something that would be written by those you so often criticize.
    Can you not separate the actor from the role?
    Did you hate Brando for breathing life into the Godfather? Or Anthony Hopkins for his brilliant but horrible Hannibal Lecter? How about Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing?
    I am the first to admit that I despised Tony Soprano, and would have been glad to see him rubbed out at the end of the series, but I have to give credit to the actor who created such a vivid character that I could hold in such contempt.
    Do not confuse the actor with his character (there have been plenty of actors who played good guys who were absolute skunks), and certainly don’t be one of those people who judge people by their weight, which isn’t terribly different from judging them by their height or color.

  6. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @lifebyc

    “Look at all these supposed adults who don’t know the difference between an actor and his character – the cartoonist included!”


    The cartoonist has the excuse (not that he needs one) that he’s doing a cartoon. That’s the joke: The only way to get “Tony Soprano” behind bars is for James Gandolfini to pass through the Pearly Gates.


    Did The Sopranos “glorify” the Mafia? Was Tony Soprano an admirable character? He was a compelling character, very well written and very well performed. The humanity and the brutality of the character were equally evident, and neither one negated the other. Y’know, kinda like real people.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Gandolfini was a good actor, a humble and kind man, who gained fame playing a total scumbag. I can think of a number of famous actors who were always the “good guys” in the roles, but were in real life, scumbags.


    It’s always a shame to lose such a powerful talent so young.

  8. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    Omnius: Of course you hate Gandolfini. In addition to acting in roles that threaten your fairy-tale view of reality, he was a producer of award-winning documentaries on the effect of war on those compelled to participate in our name, but then are ignored or even condemned for what war did to them. You are a brute for your lack of concern.

  9. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    “especially as fat as he was.”

    WOW. Is that just utterly classless or what? Mr. Gandolfini was a fine actor and seems to have been a decent human being who performed his job with grace. You should be remembered so fondly.

  10. allinx

    allinx said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Your response to Omnius was very good. You wrote: “Can you not separate the actor from the role?”
    Well, that’s what riled me about the cartoon. Luckovich, who is one of my very favorite cartoonist, should have separated the actor from the role. He didn’t. Even God’s words say “Tony Soprano’s finally behind (heavenly) bars”, completely referring to Tony Soprano, not James Gandolfini, who I feel has been a pretty good actor. This is not uncommon. Viewers usually pull for the protagonists often even if they are “bad guys” like in The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Pulp Fiction, The Americans, and others. It’s similar to politics, where “my side” is more important than right or wrong.

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @allinx

    “Well, that’s what riled me about the cartoon. Luckovich, who is one of my very favorite cartoonist, should have separated the actor from the role. He didn’t. Even God’s words say “Tony Soprano’s finally behind (heavenly) bars”, completely referring to Tony Soprano, not James Gandolfini, who I feel has been a pretty good actor. "


    Would St. Peter (not God, I believe) saying “James Gandolfini’s finally behind bars…” been a better cartoon?


    It’s a joke. Luckovich knows what he’s doing.

  12. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    When Ray Bolger died in 1987, a lot of cartoons showed Scarecrow running along the Yellow Brick Road to catch up with Dorothy (Judy Garland d. 1969), Tin Woodsman (Jack Haley, d. 1979) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr, d. 1967) as they made their way to the Emerald City/Heaven.


    Was that disrespectful of Bolger’s long and successful career outside “Wizard of Oz”? Would it have “confused” people?

  13. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 1 year ago

    @lookinside, lifebyc & allinx
    Thank you all for the kind words.

  14. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 said, over 1 year ago

    I love to check out the comments on Luckovich’s cartoons; the cuckoos sing loudly here.

  15. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook said, over 1 year ago

    @ ypoons7666 & Gore Bane
    Thank you for your kind words, all the more meaningful since we are so often on opposite sides of an issue.

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