Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
Entertainment

Julia Louis-Dreyfus remembers 'Enough Said' costar James Gandolfini

James GandolfiniFilm FestivalsMoviesPlease Give (movie)Toronto International Film FestivalNot Fade Away (movie)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus had never met James Gandolfini before being cast opposite him in "Enough Said," a comedy that will premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival before arriving in theaters Sept. 20.

"I liked him right away," Louis-Dreyfus says of Gandolfini, who died in June at age 51 from a heart attack. "What was so fascinating to me immediately was that he's a very mild, dear, thoughtful fellow, very much like the character he plays in the film. He isn't like Tony Soprano at all, even though he sure looks like Tony Soprano."

Talking about Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus never strays from the present tense. She still has a difficult time wrapping her mind around his unexpected death.

PHOTOS: James Gandolfini's career highlights

"It was just brutal, just brutal," she says quietly, "and very, very sad."

In "Enough Said," Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a recently divorced mother facing an empty nest with her daughter about to leave for college. Eva meets a sweet man (Gandolfini) in the same predicament and a romance blossoms -- until she discovers that this man is the hated former husband of a new friend.

Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give," "Lovely & Amazing") wrote and directed the movie, which was shot in Los Angeles in August and September 2012.

"Jim was so nervous," Louis-Dreyfus says, "because it was outside his comfort zone in a way. But he's extraordinary in it. I'm so happy people are going to see this aspect of him. It's a gorgeous performance."

ALSO:

Hollywood missed its chance with James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini: A last interview with Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini's 'Not Fade Away' performance honors late father

Follow @GlennWhipp

glenn.whipp@latimes.com

PHOTOS, VIDEOS & MORE: PHOTOS: TV shows and their spinoffs Overrated/Underrated 2014 PHOTOS: 101 best-written TV shows of all time

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
James GandolfiniFilm FestivalsMoviesPlease Give (movie)Toronto International Film FestivalNot Fade Away (movie)
Comments
Loading