Stanley Tucci, the renowned actor with over 135 credits to his name, recently spoke with ET about his career and the role he would never want to play again. With a diverse range of roles ranging from Captain America to The Hunger Games, Tucci's acting prowess is beyond question.
Yet, despite his numerous accolades, there is one particular role that still haunts him to this day. In an interview about his new Prime Video series, "Citadel," Tucci candidly discussed his experience playing George Harvey in the 2009 film, "The Lovely Bones," directed by Peter Jackson.
The movie, based on Alice Sebold's novel of the same name, earned Tucci an Academy Award nomination, but the actor revealed that it was also a "tough experience." "I would not play George Harvey again in The Lovely Bones, which was horrible," Tucci shared.
"It's a wonderful movie, but it was a tough experience. Simply because of the role." He added, "I asked Peter Jackson why he cast me in that role. I tried to get out of playing the role, which is crazy because I needed a job ...
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 was saying."
Playing the Villain
Tucci went on to explain the delicate balance that must be struck when playing a character as evil as George Harvey.
"You can't play into it. Then, you know, it's over ... Like, the movie's over. You just have to play against it." He added, "I think what he meant was that I wouldn't be too -- not that I wouldn't be serious about it, but that I wouldn't be overly dramatic about it.
That I would throw it away a bit. Which is what you have to do when you're playing somebody who's that awful, right?"
Food and Marvels
Joe Russo added that their conversations with Tucci usually revolve around food. "Most of the conversation surrounds his food show, which we're obsessed with.
90% of my conversations with Stanley are about where I can get a great meal." While Tucci may have regrets about his experience playing George Harvey in "The Lovely Bones," his love for the Marvel franchise and his passion for food are both undeniable.