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You can see The Devil Wears Prada’s Stanley Tucci at the London Palladium – and he’s ‘fine as hell’

Jonny Yates January 25, 2022
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Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Fans of Stanley Tucci can spend an evening with the actor at the London Palladium in 2022.

The Devil Wears Prada star will head to the iconic venue on 5 April for an intimate conversation about his life and career.

He will be interviewed by journalist Elizabeth Day at the event which will see him reveal anecdotes from his career, his latest book Taste and more.

The event promises “never-before-heard stories” including working on set with Meryl Streep, creating the famous timpani in Big Night, his dream dinner party guests and favourite restaurants in London.

It coincides with his best-selling book book Taste, which was released in late 2021 and is a memoir of his life in and out of the kitchen.

Tucci has starred alongside some of the biggest LGBT+ icons throughout his career, including Meryl Streep and Cher, regularly playing gay characters.

Some of his other notable roles include Maid in Manhattan, The Lovely Bones, Easy A and the Oscar-winning Spotlight.

More recently, his role as “bartender” in a video posted to social media received plenty of thirsty reactions from fans.

The actor showed off his bartending skills during lockdown in 2020 to show viewers how to make the perfect Negroni cocktail.

After he posted the video, it was described as “hot” and “perfection”, while one fan commented “he’s still fine as hell”.

Tickets for his event at London Palladium go on general sale at 10am on 27 January via lwtheatres.co.uk.

They’re priced between £40.20 – £67.70, with the higher priced tickets including a signed copy of his book.

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Stanley Tucci has been described as the ‘gayest straight actor you know’

Tucci has famously played gay characters in a number of high-profile films, including The Devil Wears Prada and Burlesque and more recently Supernova alongside Colin Firth.

Having played gay characters since 1996, this had led to some calling him the “gayest straight actor you know”, while others believe he and other cis, heterosexual actors are taking the roles from LGBT+ actors.

In Supernova he plays a gay man living with dementia and while doing press for the film he said he has “difficulty” with the debate around straight actors playing gay characters.

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, he was asked what he thinks of “criticism from some quarters saying gay roles should be played by gay actors”.

“I have difficulty with that,” Tucci replied. “I think that acting is all about not being yourself. If we were to use that as a template, then we would only ever play ourselves. I think what we need to do, we need to give more gay actors opportunities.

“People who are gay have only recently, in the last few years really, have been able to say, ‘I’m gay and I’m an actor and I can play straight roles.’ They always had to hide their sexuality so that they could play the leading man or leading woman.”

He added: “Having played a number of gay characters, you want to do it so that it’s, as you do with any character, you just want to be truthful to it.”

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