James Gandolfini died tragically Wednesday at the age of 51.
Not surprisingly, the star's abrupt passing stunned and saddened Hollywood, with those who worked with Gandolfini reflecting on his acting genius.
"James is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," said The Sopranos creator David Chase. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."
"I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.'"
"There would be silence at the other end of the phone."
Chase acknowledged, "He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."