ONE OF TWO "NIGHTMARE" AUDITIONS HE MENTIONS IN PODCAST "HAPPY SAD CONFUSED"
Stanley Tucci discusses his career on Josh Horowitz' podcast Happy Sad Confused. Around the 25-minute mark, the discussion turns to auditions:
Josh Horowitz: What's the one that scarred you for life? What's the one that still haunts your dreams, all these years later?
Stanley Tucci: There were two of them. One was Brian De Palma, who I went in and auditioned for. And my friend Ellen Lewis cast it. So Ellen cast all of my films when I was making them in America. Well, three of them, three of my films. And, um, he, Brian De Palma... I auditioned for The Untouchables.
Tucci: To play, like, Frank Nitti, or one of the bad guys.
Horowitz: Okay. That'd be ironic, considering you went on to play Frank.
Tucci: I know. I know. And he... then I did it, and he just sort of sat there and stared at me. It was weird, it was in a conference room, he was sitting at a desk, and I was standing sort of next to him, and the whole thing was weird. And then I did it and he went, "Ooh. Scary." And I was like, I don't know how to react to that. And then there was some minor chit-chat about nothing, and then I left. And I was so depressed. It was just creepy and bad and rude.
The other story involves producer Don Simpson reading the New York Post while Tucci was auditioning in front of him.