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John Travolta pays tribute to James Gandolfini at BFI

John Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 123

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Travolta has paid tribute to friend and former colleague James Gandolfini while being interviewed on stage at the BFI in London on Tuesday (June 25, 2013).

The former Sopranos actor passed away last week after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Rome. He was 51.

And Travolta, who starred with Gandolfini in five films including Get Shorty and The Taking of Pelham 123, said of his companion: “He was one of those people who you would fall in love with the moment you met him. He was always people first and then showbusiness. He remained that way throughout his career.

“He was there first when my son passed away and wouldn’t leave my small town where my family lives until he knew we were okay. He’s that kind of human being. I can’t say enough about James Gandolfini. We did five movies together and I loved working with him. We were a natural act together.”

The three other films in which the two men appeared together were legal drama A Civil Action, cop thriller Lonely Hearts and indie romantic drama She’s So Lovely.

Travolta was taking part in an on stage interview following the UK premiere of Killing Season, his latest film in which he plays a Serbian who seeks revenge on a US veteran, played by Robert De Niro.

The film is directed by Mark Steven Johnson and will be released in the UK by Lionsgate.

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