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James Gandolfini apologizes to defense secretary for 'Zero Dark Thirty' portrayal


James Gandolfini has apologized to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for wearing a questionable wig to portray him in the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Gandolfini plays Panetta, the former director of the CIA, in the gritty thriller, about the hunt for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but he expects the politician will not be impressed with his on-screen image.

"I sent a note to Leon saying, 'I'm very sorry about everything. The wig, everything. You're kind of like my father. You'll find something to be angry about,'" Gandolfini said.

Gandolfini's comments came during Tuesday's National Board of Review Awards in New York, where he presented his "Zero Dark Thirty" director, Kathryn Bigelow, with a trophy. He also told guests at the event that screenwriter Mark Boal told him Panetta wanted the actor to give him a phone call but joked that he "doesn't know how to get in touch. This is the head of the CIA."

Jan 10, 2013 8:12AM
Jan 10, 2013 9:51AM
Sheryl Carey is lying. This movie was not 'for Obama' as she puts it. I can tell she didn't ever see the movie. In fact by saying what she said she lets everybody know who saw the movie that she in fact didn't see the movie. Sheryl Carey is just another crybaby tea-bagger angry that Obama didn't lose the election.
Jan 17, 2013 6:21PM
Panetta should apologize for being Panetta.
Wow Sheryl your as confused as this movie is.  Gandolf is a right wing nutty and this movise is all about taking credit away from Obama and lying to support torture.  So essentially your complaining about your own bad propaganda film. 
Jan 10, 2013 10:40AM

Career = corrupt anti-military, anti-government political pawn for sale.


You liberal Obama folks out there who are trying to say that this was a movie made for the opposition... you all really need to travel back in time, check the facts, check the leaks, check the answers to questions....  find the truth.



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