James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in the comedy 'Enough Said,' which follows two adults who have both been through divorces who begin dating. Director Nicole Holofcener remembers James Gandolfini telling her other actors would be better in the role. 'I really wish he could have seen the finished film, because hopefully he would have seen how lovely he is in it,' she said.
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After Nicole Holofcener cast James Gandolfini in her divorcee romantic comedy "Enough Said," the "Sopranos" actor kept suggesting she rethink her decision.
Alec Baldwin, he insisted, would be far better suited.
"He would list some actors he thought could do a much better job," Holofcenter said in a recent interview. "I felt confident he could do this part. More than he did. He was quite certain that he couldn't pull it off."
What began as a stretch outside Gandolfini's comfort zone is now debuting, tragically, as one of Gandolfini's final performances. "Enough Said," which premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of Fox Searchlight's Sept. 18 release, was filmed about a year before the actor died in June. (His final film, the Brooklyn crime movie "Animal Rescue," is expected to be released next year.)
Holofcener's "Enough Said" is about a middle-aged masseuse (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who begins dating a fellow divorcee (Gandolfini) also with a daughter going off to college.