He’s versatile and believable in every role I’ve seen him in, whether he’s playing a stylist, or a futuristic TV host, a serial killer/pedophile, a humble and loving father next door– he nails every role. And as I watch him, I begin to forget Stanley Tucci and think only of the character he portrays.
Paul Child in Julie and Julia, Emma Stone’s dad in Easy A, Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada,
I even watched Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera because he was in it. I will watch anything for Stanley Tucci! He’s an Actor, with a capital A and without the ego. And he’s handsome, too. I think so. He doesn’t usually play the leading man, but why not? He could. He could do anything.
I’ve always loved Stanley Tucci, but he moved up in my esteem when he survived an embarrassing personal moment on TV. After he played young Susie Salmon’s killer in the Lovely Bones, Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View asked Stanley if his wife had seen his eerie portrayal. Stanley simply answered no, and changed the subject. But in fact, his wife Kate had died of breast cancer a few month’s earlier. My heart went out to him.
But I was equally touched to hear that he recently became engaged to Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt’s sister, Felicity Blunt, a literary agent in London. Love! There’s a role for Stanley in any book of mine that ever becomes a movie. Eldridge in The Scoundrel’s Vow, Uncle Pat in Once Wicked, Hades in To Hell with Love and Naughty and Nice (leading man!), Mr. Bokorhurst in Jane Slayre (my favorite), and Matthew Pocket, Pip’s werewolf mentor, in Grave Expectations.
I also happen to think he would make an excellent Rand, Amy’s father, in Gone Girl. This idea is, in fact, what led me to blog about Stanley Tucci today. I can’t get that book off my mind. Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie. I can only guess she plans to star. I would cast Mark Ruffalo as Nick to Reese’s Amy. And Blythe Danner as Amy’s mother. If you’re looking for a taut summer thriller, and you’ve already read everything by Dee Davis, pick up Gone Girl.
Who is your favorite actor? An actor so good, you would watch anything he’s in? Do you ever dream cast your favorite books?