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In this Thursday, July 18, 2013 photo, Bobby Egan poses for photos outside his BBQ restaurant, Cubby's, in Hackensack, N.J. Egan had a well-documented, decades-long friendship with North Korean diplomats posted to the United Nations in New York. His book about his experiences dealing with the North Koreans, called “Eating with the Enemy,” was optioned by HBO, and actor James Gandolfini was set to portray Egan in the film before his untimely death last month. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In this Thursday, July 18, 2013 photo, Bobby Egan poses for photos outside his BBQ restaurant, Cubby's, in Hackensack, N.J. Egan had a well-documented, decades-long friendship with North Korean diplomats posted to the United Nations in New York. His book about his experiences dealing with the North Koreans, called “Eating with the Enemy,” was optioned by HBO, and actor James Gandolfini was set to portray Egan in the film before his untimely death last month. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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(AP) One of James Gandolfini's unfinished projects, before his untimely death last month, was to portray a New Jersey native who played an unusual role in international diplomacy.


Hackensack restaurateur Bobby Egan had a well-documented, decades-long friendship with North Korean diplomats posted to the United Nations in New York.


Egan's book about his experiences dealing with the North Koreans, called "Eating with the Enemy," was optioned by HBO.


A spokeswoman for HBO says the project is continuing despite Gandolfini's death.


Egan formed his unlikely ties to the North Koreans in the early 1990's, following an introduction by Vietnamese officials he met through his activism on the search for missing American soldiers.


He often hosted them at Cubby's in Hackensack, or took them on fishing trips or to Giants games.


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