He shot his final movie in Brooklyn.
James Gandolfini, the son of a bricklayer, spent eight of his final weeks of life on the streets of Flatlands, Sheepshead Bay and Marine Park amongst the “regular” working-class people with whom he felt most comfortable. He played a bartender/bookmaker in “Animal Rescue,” a Fox Searchlight production co-starring Tom Hardy, written by Dennis Lehane and directed by Michael Roskam.
“Jimmy wrapped about three or four weeks ago,” says Mike Sullivan, a friend of the star who spent a lot of time on the set with him. “His trailer was parked right here most of the shoot.”
Sullivan pulls to the curb in front of the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Hendrickson St. “Jimmy got a kick out of it when I told him I got married in this church. He’s been to my house in Breezy Point. He knows my wife, Donna. And now he was in his trailer across from the church where we got married. Who knew he’d be gone so soon?”