Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sympathetic mobsters

Rise in glory James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano on a hit HBO series. Prayers for you and for those who loved you as a friend and family member. A real person whose death will leave a void in the hearts of these people.

What I don't get is the grieving that seems more about the role he played than the man himself. I admit I never watched the show. I don't watch much TV anyway (except baseball and Downton Abbey) but I was never drawn to a show about mobsters. I am told it was great because it showed complexity and James Gandolfini made a violent character sympathetic. Variety says "The actor was praised for his deft juggling of the character’s violence and sensitivity, making the murderous crime lord a sympathetic figure."

So maybe someone can explain why this is a good thing? And why it should be held up as something wonderful? What next - sympathetic characters who are rapists? (oh right we already have those in real life.)