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It was a big night for Stanley Tucci on Saturday, as he received a career tribute at the Deauville Film Festival.
It was the Oscar nominee’s fourth time at the French festival, which he called “one of his favorite places ever and one of my favorite festivals ever.”
In a contentious election year in the U.S., Tucci said cinema can lead by example.
“Cinema is a collaborative art form,” he said, noting how teams bring the finished product together, not individual directors. “That collaboration is one that has brought us so many great films, but it’s in that spirit of collaboration that we hope we can all move forward and I think in this way, politicians might have something to learn from artists.”
Tucci was introduced by jury president and former French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, who cited the actor’s Emmy and Golden Globe wins.
“I don’t feel like I’ve achieved enough to warrant this, but I’m glad of it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter of the lifetime achievement honor.
Tucci will head to Los Angeles next week as shooting starts on the upcoming Ryan Murphy TV series Feud, in which he plays studio bigwig Jack Warner, alongside Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. The show focuses on the rivalry between the two legendary actresses during the shooting of 1962’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
“It’s very funny and a fascinating story,” he said. “I had no idea that this had happened. [Warner] is horrible, but he’s really funny. It’s very satisfying to play the mean, funny guy.” Tucci would not, however, divulge which studio heads he would use as inspiration.
He has yet to meet Murphy, but said he is a big admirer of the director’s work.
As for a possible follow-up to 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada based on author Lauren Weisberger’s new book Revenge Wears Prada, Tucci outright dismisses it.
“That’s never going to happen,” he said.
Though co-stars Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt have expressed interest in a sequel, Tucci has no interest in reprising what he says is the favorite role of his career.
“That role was so great because it was so beautifully written and he was incredibly funny and there was a real substance to it. It was a truly great American studio movie in every way,” he said. “Perfect in every way.”
He then added: “Sometimes it’s best just to leave things. If you try to redo it, let’s face it, there are very few sequels that actually work.”
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