7 Reasons Stanley Tucci's 'Beauty & The Beast' Role Is Worth Getting Very Excited About
Do you love Stanley Tucci? Perhaps you can't answer that question because you've never thought about it, but think about it now. Your answer is along the lines of "Um, YES, obviously!", right? I feel you. Of all the amazing movies you've seen in your life, I bet you he's been in at least 20% of them — not in a starring role, but in a supporting one. And if anyone knows what it means to be a stellar supporting actor, it's Tucci. That's why I was so stoked to hear that he's joined the cast of the live action Beauty & The Beast movie as an original character, Cadenza, the grand piano. Can you think of anything better? I sure can't.
But look — this isn't Tucci's first time at the supporting actor rodeo. He's made a career of elevating movie stars to the next level just by being in the movie and doing his thing. He's not greedy about hogging the spotlight, he's just happy to be there, playing really interesting characters that heighten the film as a whole. If you've missed out on some of The Tucc's best roles of the past decade — yes, we're calling him The Tucc now — don't worry, I've got a rundown of some of them so you can immediately go Netflix/Amazon Prime/whatever them STAT.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
I mean, come on. Tucci plays Nigel, Miranda's sarcastic assistant who's learned how to roll with the punches lest he lose his job (and his self-esteem). He helps Andy up her fashion game and tries to keep her honest, and basically makes this movie even more of an A+.
The Hunger Games (2012 - present)
Basically everything happening in the Hunger Games universe is the worst, but Tucci as bawdy Panem TV host Caesar Flickerman softens the blow somewhat, even if he is maddeningly loyal to the Capital (OR IS HE?).
As if this movie could get any better! But it does, because Tucci's in it and he plays Sean, the burlesque club manager who holds Tess (played by the amazing Cher) — and the movie as a whole — together.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Meryl Streep is the brightest shining star on this planet and the best living actress and I won't hear anything different. So how could Julie & Julia be any better? Add Tucci as Paul, the husband of Julia Childs, and magic is made.
Easy A (2010)
Easy A was Emma Stone's real star vehicle, since it brought her into the spotlight as a bonafide successful actress and pretty much secured tons of new roles. But Tucci was still there, in the ever faithful supporting role of Dill, Olive's dad. Didn't we all wish we had parents like Dill and Rosemary (played by the wonderful Patricia Clarkson)?
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Tucci as Dr. Abraham Irskine is one of the best things you'll ever see. I don't even want to say any more about it because I'm afraid I'll spoil the brilliance.
It's not just movies that Tucci's taken over — he's also made his mark on the small screen. Take his role on ER, for example. Dr. Kevin Moretti, Chief of Emergency Medicine, was stern and matter-of-fact, but he wasn't above getting punched in the face for messing with Luka and Abby's marriage. Ouch.