James Gandolfini's Most Human Moments

Relieving Tension

As Seen In: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

For those who obsessively follow film blogs, James Gandolfini's cameo as CIA director Leon Panetta (a name never explicity stated) comes as no surprise during Zero Dark Thirty. However, even if you're already anticipating him, the moment he steps into the board room, where the CIA operatives are planning an attack on bin Laden's compound, still hits like a wave a relief. Considering he plays the most important role in the organization, it's impressive how he manages to play Panetta like a regular, fallible guy, one who isn't as high strung as those beneath him, more specifically Jessica Chastain's exhausted Maya. —TA

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