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Stanley Tucci appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” show and weighed successful connected nan statement complete consecutive actors playing cheery characters. The Oscar nominee, whose been joined to Emily Blunt’s sister since 2012, played cheery roles successful “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and “Supernova” (2020) and received captious acclaim for some performances.

“Obviously I judge that’s fine,” Tucci said astir consecutive actors taking cheery roles. “I americium ever very flattered erstwhile cheery men travel up to maine and talk to maine astir ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ aliases they talk astir ‘Supernova,’ and they opportunity that, ‘It was conscionable truthful beautiful,’ you know, ‘You did it nan correct way.’ Because often, it’s not done nan correct way.”

“An character is an character is an actor,” Tucci added. “You’re expected to play different people. You conscionable are. That’s nan full constituent of it.”

As agelong arsenic it’s being done “the correct way,” Tucci said it’s good for consecutive actors to play cheery characters connected screen. When it tips into caricature and stereotypes, past it becomes a problem.

Tucci’s thoughts disagree from that of Tom Hanks, who told The New York Times Magazine past twelvemonth that a consecutive character could not return connected a cheery domiciled for illustration nan 1 he played successful Jonathan Demme’s 1993 ineligible play “Philadelphia.” Hanks starred successful nan movie arsenic a cheery man pinch HIV who is discriminated against astatine work, and he won nan Oscar for champion character acknowledgment to his performance.

“Let’s reside ‘could a consecutive man do what I did successful “Philadelphia” now?’ No, and rightly so,” Hanks said. “The full constituent of ‘Philadelphia’ was don’t beryllium afraid. One of nan reasons group weren’t acrophobic of that movie is that I was playing a cheery man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t deliberation group would judge nan inauthenticity of a consecutive feline playing a cheery guy.”

“It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo, that personification would opportunity we are going to request much of a movie successful nan modern realm of authenticity,” Hanks added. “Do I sound for illustration I’m preaching? I don’t mean to.”

Listen to Tucci’s afloat quality connected BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” show here.