In a December 2012 interview with the Associated Press news agency, Gandolfini said he had become an actor to get rid of anger.
"I don't know what exactly I was angry about," he said.
"I try to avoid certain things and certain kinds of violence at this point," he added. "I'm getting older, too.
"I don't want to be beating people up as much. I don't want to be beating women up and those kinds of things that much anymore.''