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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ James Gandolfini can't believe how psyched fans are for this Sunday's two-hour season premiere of ``The Sopranos.''

Gandolfini, who plays New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, says the HBO show obviously ``strikes some kind of a chord'' in viewers.

``We show people being sometimes at their worst and ... regretting it. And people identify with that 'cause we've all had times when we were at our worst,'' he said.

``Plus, they like to watch this guy suffer. They come home and watch this guy go through all this horrible stuff and they get a good laugh out of it.''

Gandolfini says he's been offered better scripts _ ``less raping and pillaging, which is good'' _ since ``The Sopranos'' made him a star.