James Gandolfini is all set to play Ernest Hemingway in a film, but he doesn’t want to taint his deep knowledge of the author (based on the script) by actually, like, reading any of his novels.
But if he’s reluctant to ruin things by getting too far into Hemingway’s mind, Gandolfini’s all too ready to prepare in other ways, as revealed by today’s “The Old Man and the She: A Play in One Act“:
Mr. Gandolfini motions to the Boldface reporter to step aside with him, toward the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. He seems inordinately interested in the boiling pots.
Gandolfini: (Awkwardly, like Tony Soprano asking his shrink on a date) You want to talk about this another time? Just you and me?
BF: (Confused). Huh? (A long pause) Well, you know, I’m here on assignment.
Gandolfini: Think about it.
Mr. Gandolfini returns to the party. The Boldface reporter goes into the bathroom, takes out her notebook, and makes a brief note: Gandolfini appears to be attempting to get into his role a little early.
(Via Tingle Alley.)