Stanley Tucci is opening up about his 2017 Oral cancer diagnosis.
Speaking with Willie Geist on the April 30 episode of “Sunday Sitdown,” Tucci, 62, said it was “terrible” when he learned he had the disease.
His first wife, Kate, died of breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 47.
He told Geist, “My late wife and I, we tried all over the world to find a cure for her. So when I found this, I was completely shocked.” “I was scared, absolutely scared.”
Tucci said he was grateful that the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body.
“It’s a big deal,” he said.
However, he shared that the treatments were “brutal” and “horrific” and greatly affected his diet.
“I lost 35 pounds,” he said. “I couldn’t eat. I had a feeding tube in for six months and everything tasted like what you knew and smelled. And it took months and months and months before I could finally eat again.” And then had to be able to taste it properly. Again.”
Tucci credits his wife, Felicity, and his “Devil Wears Prada” co-star and sister-in-law, Emily Blunt, for helping him get through that time in his life.
“I was very scared,” Tucci said. “But Felicity was very insistent.”
“She was incredible. Still incredible,” he said.
Now, Tucci is tackling new projects, including the TV show “Citadel,” which he described as a “twist on the typical spy genre.”
“It was really fun to do,” he said. “They have the technology today to do what they’ve never done before.”
In the series, Tucci plays Bernard Orlick, a techie who takes care of the detectives but can also handle himself on the field.
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He also shared updates on his show “Searching for Italy” with Geist, a travel and food show about the country’s regional cuisine. With two seasons under his belt, Tucci said he feels an “obligation” to viewers to keep it going.
“It makes them very happy,” he said. “Every time on the street every time I go by, they say, ‘I can’t tell you how much I loved that. And we’re in Italy because of you. We got married in Italy because of you.'”
They also discussed their viral moment from April 2020 he made his wife a negroni And posted a video of the process on Instagram. Geist asked Tucci how he felt about the Internet’s “obsession” with the actor.
“I’m 62 years old. It’s a really weird time for people to be like, ‘Hey,'” he laughed. “But it—I don’t know what it is, it’s great. You know, it’s great. And you’ll be stupid, like, ‘I hate it.'”
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