| Wednesday November 17, 09:53
In this photo supplied by USO, James Gandolfini, who stars
as the mobster Tony Soprano in the HBO hit cable series "The
Sopranos" poses with a bust of Saddam Hussein during a visit
to Camp Doha, Kuwait,on Tuesday, November 16, 2004. Gandolfini
and fellow actor Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie Walnuts in
the series, are visiting U.S. troops in Kuwait and Iraq sponsored
by the United Service Organizations (USO).(AP Photo/ USO,Mike
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BIG TONY'S CRIB NOTES
September 21, 2004 --
'SOPRANO" James Gandolfini left nothing to chance on Sunday's Emmy Awards.First,
Gandolfini scribbled notes on the back of his hand when he presented an
award. Then he tried to thank U.S. troops for recognizing Tony Soprano
before being cut off.
James Gandolfini was prepared to make a speech, and even kept
a few notes on hand.
Soldiers from the First Platoon, Alpha Company, stationed in Normandy,
France, have named their Bradley fighting vehicle "Stugotz" - which
is the name of Tony's beloved boat on "The Sopranos."
The troops even sent Gandolfini a picture of them posing with the "Stugotz,"
which he and his castmates autographed, according to HBO insiders.
But Gandolfini never got the chance to thank the troops. He was on
stage, holding a piece of paper, while series creator David Chase accepted
the show's Best Drama Emmy.As Chase wrapped his speech, Gandolfini leaned
into the microphone and glanced down at the paper - but was cut off
by host Garry Shandling. "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait!" Gandolfini
yelled before realizing he was out of time.
- Michael Starr