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Stanley Tucci

Mar 10, 2000

After his initial rise to fame as one of the most fastidious and interesting actors working in American movies, Stanley Tucci has gone on to an equally exciting career as an independent filmmaker. His acclaimed debut Big Night, co-directed with Campbell Scott, tells a gentle tale of two brothers trying to make a go of it in their Italian restaurant. The duo followed that success up with The Imposters, an attempt at 1930s screwball comedy that, like its predecessor, featured a lively spirit and astonishing performances. This interview from the spring of 2000 coincided with the release of Tucci’s first solo film as a director, Joe Gould’s Secret. The film, taken from New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell’s well-known article, tells the story of Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village legend allegedly compiling an epic oral history of the world. The film follows Mitchell’s involvement with Gould, and how that relationship changed both their lives.


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Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.