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Julia Louis-Dreyfus remembers 'Enough Said' costar James Gandolfini

Julia Louis-Dreyfus remembers 'Enough Said' costar James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in "Enough Said," which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. (Fox Searchlight)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus had never met James Gandolfini before being cast opposite him in "Enough Said," a comedy that will premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival before arriving in theaters Sept. 20.

"I liked him right away," Louis-Dreyfus says of Gandolfini, who died in June at age 51 from a heart attack. "What was so fascinating to me immediately was that he's a very mild, dear, thoughtful fellow, very much like the character he plays in the film. He isn't like Tony Soprano at all, even though he sure looks like Tony Soprano."

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Talking about Gandolfini, Louis-Dreyfus never strays from the present tense. She still has a difficult time wrapping her mind around his unexpected death.

"It was just brutal, just brutal," she says quietly, "and very, very sad."

In "Enough Said," Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a recently divorced mother facing an empty nest with her daughter about to leave for college. Eva meets a sweet man (Gandolfini) in the same predicament and a romance blossoms -- until she discovers that this man is the hated former husband of a new friend.

Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give," "Lovely & Amazing") wrote and directed the movie, which was shot in Los Angeles in August and September 2012.

"Jim was so nervous," Louis-Dreyfus says, "because it was outside his comfort zone in a way. But he's extraordinary in it. I'm so happy people are going to see this aspect of him. It's a gorgeous performance."

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