James Gandolfini tragically passed away unexpectedly yesterday from a massive heart attack at only 51 years young. While Gandolfini will be best known for playing the role of tough mobster Tony Soprano on HBO’s drama, “The Sopranos,” the actor had a huge heart for animals, especially pit bulls. His compassion for this misunderstood breed no doubt compelled him to star in the FOX Searchlight crime thriller, “Animal Rescue,” which is currently in post-production.
According to IMDB, the film is “a crime-drama centered around a lost pit bull, a wannabe scam artist, and a killing.” It is predicted that the film will bring much needed attention to animal abuse issues, with an extra spotlight on the stigma surrounding pit bulls.
Michael Roskam, director of “Animal Rescue,” has said that he “wanted to make [Gandolfini] proud with the movie we made together and now it will be in his loving memory.”
Gandolfini will be missed by many people, as well as his own rescued pit bull, Duke. Our heartfelt regards go out to his friends and family.
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