With an array of roles on his acting resume, Stanley Tucci admits there’s one he’d never want to revisit.
In an interview with Entertainment tonight published Wednesday, Tucci was asked which of his iconic roles he would never play again, to which he revealed it would be The beautiful bones.
“I wouldn’t play George Harvey again The beautiful bones, which was horrible,” Tucci said. “It’s a great movie, but it was a tough experience. Simply because of the role.”
Based on Alice Sebold’s 2002 book of the same name, the film is about a young girl who is murdered, as she watches her family and friends struggle to move on. Tucci portrayed the serial killer who murdered the young girl along with others.
Tucci admits he had reservations about taking on the role of the killer and asked director Peter Jackson why he chose him for the part.
“I asked Peter Jackson why he cast me in that role. I was trying to get out of playing the part, which is crazy because I needed a job,” Tucci recalled. “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 said.”
“I think he meant I wouldn’t be — not that I wouldn’t take it seriously, just that I wouldn’t be overly dramatic about it,” he explained. “That I would throw it away a little bit. That’s what you gotta do when you’re playing someone that awful, right?
He continued, “You can’t capitalize on it. Then you know it’s over. Like, the movie is over. You just have to play against that.”
Tucci went on to earn an Oscar nomination for a supporting actor The beautiful boneswhich was released in 2009.
Despite choosing the part as one he wouldn’t reprise, there are a few that the actor said he would “delight in” reprising.
“I would love to play Nigel The devil wears Prada again. It was a really great experience,” he said. “I would play Paul Child again if we did Julie and Juliet. Those are really wonderful roles to play.”
Tucci is next in Amazon Prime’s role alongside Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden Citadelpremiered on April 28.