This week’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron was an emotionally fragile one, where Maron — who recently lost his girlfriend, Lynn Shelton — spoke with Stanley Tucci, who lost his first wife to cancer in 2009, about the movie, Supernova, which is about a couple played by Tucci and Firth traveling cross country two years after Tucci’s character was diagnosed with dementia. Loss (and pasta recipes) hung over the entire conversation, although it was a great episode (Tucci is as charming and lovely as one might expect).
Tucci made a couple of references to his wife, Felicity Blunt, and a reference at one point to his sister-in-law, Emily, but when Tucci brought up how much he loved working on the set of The Devil Wears Prada, as any good interviewer with this opening might, Maron asked what we all wanted to know: “Did you meet your wife through Emily Blunt during the filming of The Devil Wears Prada?” (Prada was released in 2006; Kate Tucci passed away in 2009).
It’s a potentially awkward question, and I thought Tucci might beg off, as David Duchovny had earlier in the week when Maron brought up Duchovny’s sex addiction in the context of his own addiction issues.
Tucci being Tucci, of course, he ended up having a lovely story about his current wife and his late wife, Kate, pictured above with Tucci (who has apparently always been both bald and incredibly handsome).
“We found out just before I did that movie that she had breast cancer,” Tucci told Maron. “So I did the movie, and she started treatments and then, you know, we had the premiere, and then she was alive for four more years after that.
“But … that’s where I met Emily,” Tucci said wistfully, “and we became friends and, actually, Felicity — Emily’s sister, my wife — she and Kate talked at the premiere that night and have a photo of them together, which is so odd. And then many years later, I ended up marrying Felicity.”
It was a bittersweet memory for Tucci, as one might imagine.
Tucci, by the way, is riding out the pandemic with his family in London, where he mentioned that he was infected with the Coronavirus last March. Several of his children were also infected (he has three children with his late wife, and two with Felicity), as was his mother (although, not his 90-year-old father).
In the episode, Tucci also revealed that when the script came to him for Supernova, he took it to his longtime friend, Firth. After the two signed onto the movie, they ended up going to the director and asking to switch roles, which everyone ultimately agreed to do, although Tucci was worried that the first-time director’s head would explode over such a drastic last-minute change.
Source: WTF with Marc Maron
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