Stanley Tucci’s Cancer Recovery Left Him Unable to Eat in Italy


Looking again. While Stanley Tucci underwent therapy for most cancers practically three years in the past, he was nonetheless recovering when he went began filming Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy for CNN.

“It was horrible,” the Devil Wears Prada actor, 61, recalled about his radiation remedy throughout an interview with the New York Times, revealed on Saturday, October 2.

Tucci recalled that after three periods, he skilled vertigo, lack of urge for food and had a number of ulcers in his mouth. Then, after one week, all the pieces he ate tasted like “wet cardboard slathered with someone’s excrement.”

Through his harrowing most cancers therapy, Tucci remained unafraid of loss of life — simply shedding his sense of style.

“I mean, if you can’t eat and enjoy food, how are you going to enjoy everything else?” he instructed the newspaper.

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The Hunger Games star additionally mentioned how filming the CNN culinary sequence was troublesome due to his recovery.

“It was hard because I could taste everything, but I couldn’t necessarily swallow,” Tucci famous of 1 occasion the place he tried steak Florentina. “I had to chew it for 10 minutes to get it down my throat … [sometimes] I just had to get rid of the food.”

At one level, he cooked risotto for Supernova costar Colin Firth and was “convinced it tasted awful and was mortified,” although the Mamma Mia actor, 61, disagreed.

“He simply wasn’t tasting what we were,” Firth instructed the outlet by way of an e-mail. “One was left to imagine how distressing this was because most of the time he put on a very brave and matter-of-fact face.”

Despite his ongoing signs, the New York native “didn’t think twice” about signing on for the CNN sequence, enthusiastic about returning to a way of normalcy amid his well being scare.

“There was no way I wasn’t going to make it,” he mentioned. “I’ve wanted to tell for a long time the story of Italy and the disparate cuisine in every region.”

In addition to exploring Italy’s finest culinary secrets and techniques for the documentary, Tucci additionally loved watching present cooking reveals amid his recovery although he famous it was “weird because even the smell of food then would just make me want to throw up.”

“But I liked watching them,” the Lovely Bones star added. “I just wanted to learn more, live vicariously through them. It was a way I was going to have that once again.”

Tucci beforehand opened up about his most cancers battle in September throughout an interview with Vera journal, the place he famous docs discovered a tumor on the bottom of his tongue that was “too big to operate.” Instead, he underwent high-dose radiation and chemotherapy.

“I’d vowed I’d never do anything like that, because my first wife [Kate Spath-Tucci] died of [breast] cancer, and to watch her go through those treatments for years was horrible,” he instructed the journal on the time.

After dealing with Kate’s 2009 loss of life, the Burlesque actor was fearful of what his prognosis and sickness would imply for his household — spouse Felicity Blunt, twins Isabel and Nicolo, each 21, Camilla, 19, Matteo, 5, and Emilia, 2, who was born throughout his therapy interval. He shares Matteo and Emilia with the literary agent and the older three together with his late spouse.

“The kids were great, but it was hard for them,” he remembered, earlier than noting his most cancers was unlikely to recur. “I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely make it to the twins’ high school graduation. … I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done.”

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