CBS Sunday Morning profiled Stanley Tucci last week. He talked much about his early career as an actor, mostly being cast as mobsters. He talked about why he chose the part in The Lovely Bones, and why he was chosen by Meryl Streep to play her husband in Julie & Julia:
The part gave him the chance to work once again with Meryl Streep, the actor he met when he played the creative director to Streep’s exacting fashion editor in the hit 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
“Do you sometimes pick a role simply because of the other actors in the film?” Moriarty asked.
“Without question. At a party, Meryl said to me a few years ago, ‘Do you want to play my husband in this movie that Nora’s gonna do?’ And I said, you know, ‘Of course, yes, I’d love, I would love to.’ But Meryl was the one who really said, ‘Stanley has to do this because he’s the right guy for the role.'”
The story hit a sad note when Tucci brought up his wife’s passing: