Why people loved Tony Soprano: David Chase’s eulogy for James Gandolfini

Cast member James Gandolfini arrives on the red carpet for the film "Violet & Daisy" during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

“My theory was, they saw the little boy. They felt and they loved the little boy, and they sensed his love and hurt. And you brought all of that to it. You were a good boy.”

— David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” explaining the paradox of why so many viewers loved the monstrous character of Tony Soprano, in his eulogy for James Gandolfini at funeral services in New York Thursday, according to a transcript obtained by HitFix.com.

Previously: R.I.P., James Gandolfini, the tough-guy star ready for a role change

Read more about the Gandolfini funeral from Associated Press

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