insists all mafia characters have to be fat. The 45-year-old actor, famous for his role as a mob boss in The Sopranos
, insists he is too old to exercise but it doesn't matter because he needs to be overweight to play Tony Soprano.
He told Esquire magazine: "I should exercise, but I'm too old for that s**t. I lost 30lbs to play my character in The Mexican
, but people don't take to skinny mafia men, and I don't feel right when I'm thin. I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260lb Woody Allen
. You can make that 295lb now."
Despite being happy with the success he has achieved in The Sopranos, Gandolfini admits he gets tired of playing the same part.
He said: "I can only take so much of Tony Soprano. I like the guy, but he takes up nine months of my year, every year, and that's not really me. I'm more of a soft guy."