Stanley Tucci And The Art Of Transformation

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hide captionTwo-time Golden Globe Award winner Stanley Tucci has also been recognized with several Emmys for his work on TV's Winchell and Monk.

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Stanley Tucci

Two-time Golden Globe Award winner Stanley Tucci has also been recognized with several Emmys for his work on TV's Winchell and Monk.

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Stanley Tucci may be a star, but he's still got the protean gifts of a great character actor: He can transform himself for each new role he brings to the screen. You've seen him as a flamboyant art director in The Devil Wears Prada, a stereotypical Italian gangster in The Road To Perdition, a conniving politico in Swing Vote, the impish Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and a neurotic lover in Deconstructing Harry.

On television, Tucci has appeared in more than a dozen different shows, including ER, Monk, and Frasier. And he's taken his turn behind the camera, directing and co-screenwriting the 1996 comic drama Big Night, about a family-run restaurant.

And if a career like that suggests a certain versatility, Tucci's most recent films particularly highlight his ability to inhabit a range of personalities. Within only a few months, Tucci has turned in a hugely ingratiating performance as the loving husband of chef Julia Child in Julie and Julia and a decidedly disturbing turn as a child molester and murderer in Peter Jackson'sThe Lovely Bones.

The actor joins Fresh Air guest host to talk about his life, his work and the creative contrasts he's explored in his career.

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