In an interview, Chase discusses his 'soulmate', friend and colleague – and Tony Soprano, the 'angry guy' they created together.

This article titled “James Gandolfini remembered by The Sopranos creator David Chase” was written by Nosheen Iqbal, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 26th June 2013 17.47 UTC

The outpouring of grief has been immense. Many fans feel genuinely bereft and touched in a way that doesn't usually happen with the passing of a famous star they've never met. Why do you think that is? It's simply because of who he was and is. There is something immensely lovable about him and something immensely interesting. I don't know which came first. There was a quality, I think – maybe it's my taste showing – but there was a quality of sadness he had. I've been thinking about it recently, and my feeling is that you saw in him a little boy. The lost, hurt, little boy. He stood for all lost little boys.

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