Stanley Tucci played gay in Burlesque (2010), A Little Chaos (2014), and Devil Wears Prada (2006), playing his roles with empathy and first-rate skill. I have been zany for him since the mid-1980s when he had a story arc on Thirty Something. He is truly one of my favorite actors.
In Julie & Julia, I thought that his Paul’s love and adoration for his wife, Julia Child (Meryl Streep), was the glue that made that film hold together. Sadly, he lost his own wife to cancer around the time of the release of that lovely film.
Although he does well when he is playing adorable, he is a versatile actor, rather fearless and without vanity (for such a good-looking dude) excellent at comedy and drama.
He wrote and co-directed and starred in Big Night (1996) and The Imposters (1998) both of which I loved. Other favorite performances include The Devil Wears Prada (Tucci & Streep just seem to bring out the best in each other), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999), as an unlikely, but particularly good Puck, and Spotlight (2015).
He can currently be seen in The Witches (2020), a reimagining of Roald Dahl‘s much-loved story from Robert Zemeckis, streaming on HBO MAX.
Coming up: Supernova (2020), whose release has been moved up to February 2021. He plays half of a gay couple opposite Colin Firth. Also, in February is The King’s Man (2021), another in that Kingsmen series. Later in 2021 you can catch Tucci in Jolt with Kate Beckinsale; Moonfall,a sci-fi flick from gay director Roland Emmerich; and The Man Who Saved Paris where Tucci plays a successful brothel owner in Paris during the 1940s who is asked by the government to restore the city’s image as the City of Love, Romance and Light after the Nazi Occupation, where he is paired with Kristin Scott Thomas.
Apparently Tucci likes to work. He has been Grammy Award, Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Tony Award nominated, and he has three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a SAG Award.
After his wife was taken by cancer in 2009, in 2012 Tucci married Felicity Blunt, a literary agent and the sister of Emily Blunt, who co-starred with Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada.