Stanley Tucci reflected on his decades-long acting career and identified the only role he never wanted to play.
Years after the 62-year-old actor found his breakout success playing convicted murderer Richard Cross in the 1995 two-season legal drama Killerhe got an even darker role.
In 2009, Tucci played serial killer and rapist George Harvey in the film adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel directed by Peter Jackson. Lovely bonesopposite Saoirse Ronan, who plays Harvey’s 14-year-old victim, Susie Salmon.
Talk to Tonight’s reception at the recent premiere of his new Prime Video action series CitadelTucci recalled the “terrible” character saying he “wouldn’t play George Harvey anymore”.
“It was a great movie, but it was a difficult experience. Simply because of the role,” he explained.
“I asked Peter Jackson why he cast me in that role,” Tucci continued, revealing that he was “trying not to play” it.
“It was crazy because I needed a job,” he added. “But I was like, ‘Why do you want me?’ And he said, ‘Because you’re funny.’ And I thought, ‘OK.’ But I understand what he said.”
“I think what he meant was not that I wouldn’t take it seriously, but that I wouldn’t be too dramatic about it, which is what you have to do when you play someone so bad.”
Tucci plays Bernard Orlick in the upcoming sci-fi show Citadelled by Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden.
Two role-playing agents whose global agency has been destroyed by a powerful criminal organization.
Citadel premieres on Prime Video on April 28.