Exclusive ‘Lovely Bones’ featurette: Stanley Tucci and Mr. Harvey

Posted by · 11:11 am · December 10th, 2009

Stanley Tucci in The Lovely BonesIf there’s anything you’ll take away from Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” it will most certainly be Stanley Tucci’s unsettling portrayal of Mr. Harvey, the demented antagonist of the piece and a character that couldn’t be further away from Tucci’s own disposition.

I spoke to Saoirse Ronan last week and as she puts it, “Every scene I had with Stanley was intense, as you know. It’s not going to be happy. I didn’t find it as difficult to handle as Stanley did, and I don’t mean on a performance level, but just the subject matter. Because he’s a father himself and he’s just so nice. I enjoyed doing it and I sort of enjoyed being freaked out by this man.”  (Watch for that interview shortly.)

But “freaked out” doesn’t really begin to cover it. Tucci’s performance is as much in the nuance of meticulous villainy as it is in the actions written for him on the page. And to think — he almost didn’t do it.  Paramount has been nice enough to offer us an exclusive look at a featurette dedicated to the role and the performance, with thoughts from Tucci and Jackson scattered throughout. Have a look after the jump.

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  • 1 12-10-2009 at 11:54 am

    JJ said...

    Chilling. Looks great. Can’t wait to see Mr. Tucci’s performance in full.

  • 2 12-10-2009 at 1:19 pm

    Me. said...

    While the film looks stunning, I’m very very very worried. It has 45 on Metacritic, 45% on Rotten Tomatoes and 30% with the Top Critics. I really really really hope the film will not dissapoint and that the reviews will get better when the film gets released.

  • 3 12-10-2009 at 1:29 pm

    Ivan said...

    This is absolutely not getting a best picture nomination…most of the negative reviews are calling it a failure.And the majority of reviews are negative so that tells the whole story.

    A Serious Man
    Inglorious Basterds
    An Education
    Up In The Air

    Those are locks…probably Nine too but it’s getting mixed reviews too.

    Other than that 2 places are still wide open…Avatar,Star Trek,District 9,perphaps some foreign picture like A Prophete.

  • 4 12-10-2009 at 1:36 pm

    tintin said...

    The hurt locker is lock too.

  • 5 12-10-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Ivan said...

    Wow,yeah…i honestly don’t know how i forgot about it.

    Well,then…i guess there’s one stop that’s really wide open.

  • 6 12-10-2009 at 1:41 pm

    Ivan said...


  • 7 12-10-2009 at 2:20 pm

    oldyeller said...

    The new issue of Rolling Stone hit the stands, and Peter Travers’ Top Ten of the Year are:

    1. Precious
    2. Up in the Air
    3. The Hurt Locker
    4. An Education
    5. Up
    6. Where the Wild Things Are
    7. A Serious Man
    8. District 9
    9. (500) Days of Summer
    10. The Messenger
    ( – that makes 3 top ten lists now for messenger – Nat Board of Review and New Yorker too…)

  • 8 12-10-2009 at 2:20 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’ll be taking Bones out Monday. I wanted to see if any champions showed up. They didn’t. Unfortunately, it’s on life support.

  • 9 12-10-2009 at 2:40 pm

    Seany P said...

    What’s this mean for Tucci? Is he still in the running?

  • 10 12-10-2009 at 2:54 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think he’s definitely still in the running.

  • 11 12-10-2009 at 3:10 pm

    JJ said...

    Ivan, you forgot ‘The Hurt Locker’ because it’s not entriely memorable.

    Obviously I’m kidding. I have no idea WHY you forgot it.

    But for me, I keep forgetting it because I found it to be a good 3 out of 4 star movie. I’m sick of it’s over-the-top praises.

    And yes, unless Ebert and a couple of other big guns come out with something for TLB, I think it’s chances of BP are dwindling.

  • 12 12-10-2009 at 5:34 pm

    Ivan said...

    JJ i agree with you on THL.

    It’s a good movie,i really liked the editing and the cinematography…but the screenplay was mediocre,the last third of the movie was pretty forgettable.

    I wouldn’t mind a nomination but if it wins best screenplay it would be a travesty.

  • 13 12-10-2009 at 6:46 pm

    alfie said...

    I really do find The Hurt Locker to be incredibly overrated. It wasn’t bad but I do feel people are seeing a different print to the one I saw because the one saw was juts not that great. Again not that its a bad film but some of the love for it is incredibly surprising.

  • 14 12-10-2009 at 7:01 pm

    Kevin said...

    I’ve got to agree with the couple of the detractors of The Hurt Locker in the post, I’m a tad bewildered as to the showering of acclaim and praise it’s getting. Of course, everyone’s entitled to their opinion but mine was that it was a competently directed, suspenseful but overall, merely satisfying film.

  • 15 12-10-2009 at 7:37 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Agreed. Hurt Locker is a redundant, episodic, occasionally suspenseful but all too bloated chore to sit through.

    Lovely Bones-wise, this looks great. But the early reviews really make me want to cry… :(

  • 16 12-11-2009 at 5:05 am

    JJ said...

    Speaking English, EXACTLY.

    Your “redundant, episodic, occasionally suspenseful but all too bloated chore to sit through” could not be more perfectly put (as is my opinion).

    I respect the craft, acting, directing, but what a bore (especially towards the end).