Of all the media phenomena that emerged during the pandemic, few will be able to sustain their validity when the world begins to regain normalcy. The classes to make masa madre at home, the renewed interest in chess thanks to Lady’s gambit and other similar ventures will be forgotten. But the viral video of the actor Stanley Tucci preparing the perfect Negroni will probably stand the test of time. Its magnetic appeal is due to its protagonist who now took advantage of her unexpected success as an internet star to host her dream show: Searching for Italy, a documentary series that premieres on Sunday at 10 p.m. on CNN International in which Tucci travels the country of his ancestors discovering their regions and the food that made them famous around the world.
From Naples to Tuscany passing through Rome and Milan each episode is a feast of flavors and encounters with fascinating characters and landscapes as well as a way to get to know more about Tucci, an actor, author and director who steals every scene in which he appears. Even if you have Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep or a fiery Jennifer Lawrence in front of you.
Now seeing him walking through Italy in full reopening, speaking an Italian learned at home – “I speak it like a very mature 12-year-old boy,” he explains himself – will make viewers want to get his cookbooks, review his fantastic film Big Night (no, it is not on Netflix or any other streaming available in Argentina) and remember some of his best roles in the cinema.
The terminal (2004). In the film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, Tucci plays Fran Dixon, the New York airport security agent who arrives the naive and determined Viktor Navorski (Hanks). Dixon will represent the bewildering bureaucracy that will prevent the protagonist from visiting New York or returning to his dissolved home country. In each exchange between the two men, Hanks and Tucci bring out their natural acting style to embody these circumstantial adversaries embroiled in a Kafkaesque conflict of emotional resolution. Available on Movistar Play / Google Play / Apple TV.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006). For the recent fifteenth birthday of this film many articles were written about the choice of Anne Hathaway for the role of Andy and others with the opinion of the protagonists about who is the real villain of the film (without a doubt Nate, the boyfriend of Andy), but not many mentioned the movie’s hidden gem: Stanley Tucci’s Nigel. Ladero and friend of the uncompromising Miranda (Meryl Streep) and accomplice of the disoriented Andy, he represents the lost values of the publishing industry. A veteran who knows them all, but who when it comes to his own future is unable to foresee the betrayal of those who live by stabbing others in the back. The scene of his disappointment and immediate resignation works thanks to Tucci’s expressiveness and his careful work to create empathy for his character. Available on Google Play.
Julie & Julia (2009). Reunited with Streep, it was again Tucci’s turn to be the great man behind the magnificent woman. In this case, the actor played Paul Child, the husband of famous television cook Julia Child. In the film directed and adapted for the cinema by Nora Ephron, the actors build a unique bond. Rarely do you see on screen a loving, buddy middle-aged couple as fascinating as the one that makes up Tucci and Streep. And having their bond strengthened by the pleasure of the food only adds more epicurean enjoyment to the whole thing. Available on Apple TV / Google Play.
Captain America (2011). Perhaps one of the best movies in the Marvel universe, this film had the difficult task of establishing Captain America as the quintessential hero. A man who in the face of his new powers would not succumb to temptations and would maintain his values and solidarity above all. Of course, this honorable proposal does not result in action scenes but in sequences where the explanations can sound bombastic and excessive. That is why the choice of Stanley Tucci as the scientist Abraham Erskine, creator of the serum that gives Steve Rogers his superhuman powers, was especially successful. The long dialogues in which Erskine explains the origin of his invention, the advance of Nazism and the dangers of abuses of power are not only necessary for the development of the plot but they end up being one of the best parts of it. Available on Disney +.
On the front page (2015). In the Oscar-winning film for best picture, Tucci plays lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, one of the fundamental cogs in carrying out the journalistic investigation that revealed decades of child abuse and cover-ups by the Boston Catholic Church. In a cast that features Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the journalists who launched the Boston Globe newspaper reports, Tucci makes a difference by playing the intense and feisty Garabedian. Once again the actor has to be the voice of reason, the one in charge of putting dates and meaning to a story so complex that the dialogues of his character with that of Ruffalo -who plays the journalist Mike Rezendes- appear as a perfect summary of all the painful history. Available on Movistar Play / Google Play.
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the actor who went viral in the pandemic walks through Italy