Let me tell you something. Nowadays everybody’s got to go to shrinks, and counselors, and go on Sally Jessy Raphael and talk about their problems.
Whatever happened to Gary Cooper?
The strong, silent type; that was an American. He wasn’t in touch with his feelings, he just did what he had to do.
So what they didn’t know, once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings, that they wouldn’t be able to shut him up! And then it’s ‘dysfunction this, dusfunction that, dysfunction vaffanculo!’
Question: Does Soprano refer to an actual situation involving the real life actor Gary Cooper? Or to characters that the actor played later in life? Or does "...once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings..." refer to something more existential?
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