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Hollywood stars pay tribute to James Caan after his death

Tributes poured in for James Caan after the actor passed away on Wednesday.

Stars from around the world of film and TV have paid tribute to the 82-year-old actor, with Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Adam Sandler paying tribute to the star.

Francis Ford Coppola, who steered Caan to an Oscar nomination in ‘The Godfather’, said “from those times working together on ‘The Rain People’ and through all stages of my life, his movies and the many great roles he played will never be forgotten.”

Caan’s co-star Al Pacino called him “my fictional brother and lifelong friend”.

“It’s hard to believe he will be gone because he was so lively and bold. A great actor, brilliant director and my dear friend. I will miss him.”

Kathy Bates, who co-starred alongside Caan in the 1990 thriller “Misery,” said she was “heartbroken” to learn of Caan’s passing.

Stephen King, who wrote the novel “Misery” was based on, said Caan gave an “Oscar-worthy” performance in the film.

Caan’s ‘Elf’ co-star Zooey Deschanel said she was “honoured to have worked with him” and said Caan “was capable of so much and that’s what made him such a wonderful actor.”

Adam Sandler, who often cited James Caan as a major influence on his decision to become an actor, said he “loved him very much and always wanted to be like him”.

“Heat” director Michael Mann worked with Caan on his first film “Thief” in 1981 and wrote a tribute to the actor.

Mann said: “Jimmy was not only a great actor with total commitment and an adventurous spirit, but he had a vitality at the core of his being that drove everything from his artistry and his friendship to athletics and athletics. great times.”

“I loved him and loved working with him. He tapped into the core of his being during difficult personal times to be the rebellious, half-wild, institutionalized child Frank, in my first film, Thief.”

“The character and the man – like his Sonny in ‘The Godfather’ – were made for each other,” he added.

‘Uncut Gems’ directors Josh and Benny Safdie revealed they nearly cast Caan in the lead role after Adam Sandler initially rejected the film, and said “in the air, somewhere, there there’s a version with Jimmy Caan”.