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Tucci is directing from his own script, based on James Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” in which Lord — a young American writer — studied Giacometti as he painted Lord’s picture in 1964.
Rush stars as Giacometti, who died in 1966 in Switzerland and is best remembered for his stark and surrealistic sculptures, while Hammer stars as Lord.
At the time, he expressed some discomfort about having to inhabit the part — although it’s Tucci’s likeability that made him convincing, so initially plausible to his victims: “I knew it would be painful and I can’t read books or see movies in which children are harmed,” he said then. Your biggest fear as a parent is for anything to happen to your kid.
Now he adds: “Not that they shouldn’t be made — just that I can’t watch them.” In Spotlight, he plays an Armenian lawyer, Mitch Garabedian, who has dedicated his life to seeking justice for the victims of abuse — and he appears bad-tempered and scary, before you realise that he’s actually a good person. Also, the extent of the abuse and the cover-up was so profound — it’s important to tell the story again and again.” Tucci’s serious role comes as a surprise after his campy turns in The Devil Wears Prada, as the queeny Count in A Little Chaos — and above all as the monstrous reality show host Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games, a role he once admitted live to Graham Norton he had based partly on him — deftly adding “the intelligence is yours”.
I think the awards are great because more people will go see your movie, particularly a movie such as Spotlight, and I think that’s really important for small movies.
“We put a huge amount of onus on awards — and maybe we shouldn’t do that,” he concludes, that last phrase spoken differently, like a whispered secret, italics audible. That’s it, in a nutshell, to me.” Spotlight, which tells the story of how, in 2002, a small team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe exposed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of the activities of more than 70 paedophile priests in the city, isn’t that small a film any more.
Shalhoub plays Giacometti’s brother while Testud will play his long-suffering wife and Poesy, who appeared in the later “Harry Potter” movies, portrays his muse and lover.
Producers are Gail Egan for Potboiler alongside Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Ilann Girard.
Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, Bobby Cannavale, and Stanley Tucci will all star in the movie as well.
It’s up for six Oscars, and is reckoned by some to be the frontrunner for Best Picture.
As it happens, Tucci’s only Oscar nomination was for playing a killer of young girls in The Lovely Bones (2009).
Sources: Stanley’s paternal grandparents, Lorenzo Stanislao “Stanley” Tucci and Anna Teresa Pisani, on the 1930 U.
Tony Shalhoub, Clemence Poesy and Sylvie Testud have joined Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush on Stanley Tucci’s “Final Portrait.” Production begins Monday in the U. on the film, which focuses on the end of Swiss painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s life.