“I tried to get out”

Stanley Tucci can do everything.

The 62-year-old actor is known for his diverse and memorable characters in films ranging from comedy to drama. With over 130 acting credits to his name IMDB pageIs there a role he never wants to play again.

“I wouldn’t play George Harvey again in ‘The Lovely Bones,’ which was awful,” Tucci said entertainment tonight. “It’s a wonderful film, but it was a tough experience. Simply because of the role.”

Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones is an adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel of the same name. It follows a young girl, Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), who has been murdered and watches over her family and killer George Harvey from the afterlife.

The “Citadel” actor admitted he tried to leave the role but was persuaded by the director to stay.

“I asked Peter Jackson why he cast me for this role. I was trying to get out of character, which is crazy because I needed a job,” he said. “I thought, ‘Why do you want me?’ And he said, ‘Because you’re funny.’ And I thought, ‘Okay.’ But I understand what he wanted to say.”

“I think what he meant was … not that I wouldn’t take it seriously, but that I wouldn’t make it overly dramatic,” he continued. “That I would throw it away a bit. What do you gotta do when you’re playing someone so horrible, right?

The role of the serial killer would earn Tucci his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 awards ceremony.

Tucci, meanwhile, shared the roles he would “happily” reprise – and they’re more light-hearted.

“I’d love to play Nigel in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ again. It was a really great experience,” Tucci said of his role as art director in the 2006 film.

When asked if there was a chance of making a sequel the movie with Anne Hathawayhe replied, “I think they’ve talked a lot about it, but I don’t see anything happening yet.”

In addition, the actor also noted another “wonderful role” he could envision.

“I would play Paul Child again when we did Julie & Julia,” he said of the 2010 film, in which he played Meryl Streep’s husband. “These are really wonderful roles.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com


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