Stanley Tucci finds fatherhood not so simple in "Easy A"

Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:11pm EDT
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By Cristy Lytal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even though veteran actor Stanley Tucci is the father of three children, playing the dad in new movie "Easy A" was unfamiliar territory.

Tucci, a veteran actor whose recent roles have ranged from an Oscar-nominated turn as a murderer in "The Lovely Bones" to a heartwarming performance as Julia Child's doting husband in "Julie & Julia," said he'd never played a character quite like the post-modern papa named Dill in "Easy A."

In the film, which debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday, Dill is surprised to find his teenage daughter Olive (Emma Stone) furiously sewing a scarlet letter onto a bustier in tribute to Nathaniel Hawthorne's adulterous literary heroine.

As Olive takes to wearing similarly-labeled custom outfits to high school and spreading false rumors of her own promiscuity, Tucci's dad still manages to keep his cool.

"As a parent, it would be great if I could be as relaxed as these people in the movie are," Tucci laughed as he spoke to Reuters. "It'll never happen. But a thing that I have in common with Dill is that I do joke around with my kids. We laugh a lot. But again, I couldn't let go that much -- no way."

Tucci said he never takes a role without keeping his children in mind, and "Easy A" was no exception after it came his way roughly 18 months ago just after his wife Kate died of breast cancer in April 2009.

"This was the first movie I had done since she died, and I hadn't worked for a while. And they were very kind, and condensed it (his shooting schedule) into three days."

By contrast, his time on the set when filming next summer's big-budget action flick "Captain America: The First Avenger," in which he plays mad scientist Dr. Abraham Erskine, was more demanding.   Continued...

<p>Actor Stanley Tucci arrives at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (FILM-SAGAWARDS/ARRIVALS)</p>