TV's favorite mob boss was whacked in broad daylight on a SoHo street -- by a taxi.
The actor was motoring through Manhattan on his Vespa scooter at about 10 a.m. when he collided with a cab on Hudson Street, where he lay for a few minutes as dazed and confused as his alter ego was after being shot in the season opener.
According to witnesses, Gandolfini was traveling north when he was clipped by a cab turning east on Clarkson Street. The crash knocked the burly TV mobster off his bike.
"He was shaken up," said Jason O'Malley, who works in a building across the street from the accident. "A couple of guys helped him off the ground and picked up his bike."
Gandolfini later borrowed a cellphone to call his assistant and make arrangements for someone to pick up the damaged scooter.
"I'm all right," Gandolfini reportedly told a person in the crowd that gathered. "I'm going to be f---ing sore tomorrow."
"It's my fault," he also said. "I was in a hurry to get somewhere."
Gandolfini saved his anger for a fan who had trouble separating fiction from reality.
"Tony, are you OK?" the fan asked, using Gandolfini's TV moniker.
"That's a character I play," the actor shot back.
Gandolfini later left the scene in another cab, according to a representative for the actor.
Gandolfini did not seek medical attention, said Angela Tarantino, a spokeswoman for HBO.
"James Gandolfini is fine, and his scooter is in the repair shop," Tarantino said.