Category Archives: Stanley Tucci

Steve Buscemi 12.13.12 Thought of the Day

“My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail.”
Steve Buscemi

 

(Image courtesy: fan pop)

(Image courtesy: fanpop.com)

 

Steven Vincent Buscemi was born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, USA in 1957. He is 55 years old.

 

Buscemi is part Irish and part Italian, he’s one of four boys born to John Buscemi, a sanitation worker, and Dorthy Buscemi a hostess. He went to Valley Stream Central High School where he wrestled and acted. After graduating in 1975 he attended Nassau Community College then moved Manhattan to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute. He worked on FDNY Engine #55 as a fire fighter. He has worked as a bartender, a stand-up comedian, an ice-cream truck driver before breaking into acting. One of his brothers, Michael, is also an actor.

 

He made his film debut with a short called Tommy’s (in which he played Tommy), in 1985. He took on the odd ball, character actor roles — often the mafia types and worked in dozens of TV shows and movies. When he hooked up with the Coen Brother’s his off beat sensibilities found a home.

 

As of 2010, has appeared in six Coen Brothers films (Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Paris, je t’aime (2006)), more than any other actor. [IMDB.com]

 

He played Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarntino’s Reservoir Dogs. Then paired up with the director again for a bit part in Pulp Fiction.

 

English: Photo of a young Steve Buscemi (Ameri...

English: Photo of a young Steve Buscemi (American actor). Taken in Silverlake / Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Buscemi was brilliant as Carl Showalter, the can’t-catch-a-break smal-time crook in Fargo.

 

His movie and tv CV is impressive, and he’s the kind of actor where you see a movie title  and you think “Oh, yeah, he WAS in that.”  From Templeton the Rat (in 2006’s Charlotte’s Web) to Donny (in 1998’s The Big Lebowski) to Lenny Wosniak (his recurring guest spot on 30 Rock) Buscemi is wonderful to watch — even when you want to turn away.

 

Most recently he’s been the star of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. As amoral Nucky Thompson he manages to hang on to a thread of inner humanity to keep his character viable. And , oh, yeah, he’s a hoot. (When he’s not killing people.)

Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. (Image courtesy HBO)

Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. (Image courtesy HBO)


Thought of the Day 11.11.12 Stanley Tucci

“People wear shorts to the Broadway theater. There should be a law against that.”
–Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci was born on this day in Peekskill, New York in 1960. He is 52 years old.

His mom, Joan, was a writer and secretary and his father, Stanly, Sr., was an art teacher. His grandparents immigrated from Calabria Italy. He enjoyed playing soccer and baseball in school, and he acted in school plays. He went to SUNY Purchase where he got his BFA from the school’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Tucci’s twin loves are acting and food — something he indulged in Big Night and Julie & Julia. [My personal favorite pair of Tucci films.]

He’s made 93 movies and television shows in his career thus far. [For a complete breakdown of his film credits go to his IMDb page  HERE] Starting 1985 with a bit part in Prizzi’s Honor and spanning nearly three decades to his role as Caeser Flickerman in the upcoming the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Tucci has been a very busy man.

He’s a terrific collaborative actor and has been the backbone of many a movie. Think the Devil Wears Prada, orJulie and Julia for that matter,  in both he plays second fiddle to Meryl Streep. He never tries to out shine his co-star, but his performance is a little gem of acting goodness.

Movie still from Conspiracy [Image courtesy HBO]

Tucci also has the ability to take a one-dimensional character and breath so much life into it that he steals the picture. He’s done it with plenty of villains — most chillingly as Adolf Eichmann in Conspiracy and George Harvey in The Lovely Bones.

Still from Big Night.

When filming Big Night –which Tucci co-wrote, co-directed and starred in — he and his mother produced a short cook book called Cucina & Famiglia.  He worked with her again to put out The Tucci Cookbook“The Tucci Cookbook,” a paean to Italian cooking — and to Italian-American families…” [nytimes.com] was published in October. It’s a tribute to Tucci’s Italian grandmother who taught him his kitchen skills.

“The Tucci Cookbook,” in which the recipes are interlaced with reminiscences from two generations of Tuccis, suggests the meaty, saucy ways in which a love of food can bind and govern a family. That love has certainly shaped Stanley Tucci’s life and career, in which cooking and eating seem to be the glues for every relationship, the sidebars to every adventure, the grace notes of every achievement. [Ibid]

Still from Julie & Julia

When he was cast as Paul Child in Julie & Julia he called up Meryl Streep and encouraged her to research their roles by cooking together.

Mr. Tucci… is a proud and avid cook, and at his home in northern Westchester County, … his arsenal of equipment trumps what many restaurants have on hand. In addition to the six burners and acres of counter space in his kitchen, there’s a mammoth stone pizza oven, made in Italy, on the patio outside, along with a gas grill as large as a Fiat, a free-standing paella pan the size of a wading pool, and a coffinlike wood-and-aluminum roasting box, called a Caja China, that can accommodate up to 100 pounds of meat. He likes his dinner parties populous and his friends carnivorous.[Ibid]
You can also find him on Vine Talk reruns on PBS where he host a team of experts and celebrities as they talk casually (but knowledgeably) about everything from Cabernet to Chardonnay.

 


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