Recovery from tumor appears to have influenced some of these rituals. He made a risotto Milanese for his co-star Colin Firth while they were working together on the movie “Supernova”, released earlier this year. In an email, Firth said it was the best he had ever eaten, but Tucci “believed it tasted terrible and would be humiliated.”
“He just didn’t taste what we were,” said Firth. “You could imagine how embarrassing that was, because most of the time he looked very brave and sober.”
During his recovery, Tucci watched cooking shows, “which was strange because even the smell of food would make me want to throw up,” he said. “But I enjoyed watching her. I just wanted to learn more, to experience it as a substitute. That way I wanted to have it all over again. “
Strangely enough, the treatment had culinary benefits, he said. In his 20s, he found he was lactose intolerant and couldn’t digest sugar well. These problems seem to have disappeared.
But it was clear that he still had a way to go. At the beginning of the interview at a movie theater near his house, Tucci reached into his jacket and took out a rooibos tea bag to put in the water, explaining that regular tea has too many tannins (“It makes my mouth so dry , it’s like eating chalk ”).
When he’s better and doesn’t feel like work, he dreams of eating steak, pad thai, dal, sushi. By then, his CNN series had been extended for a second season and there was a dinner to prepare. He already knew what he was going to do.
“Just some pasta, with fresh tomatoes and shrimp, a little shrimp stock, some basil, and then we can add a salad,” said Tucci, looking up at the ceiling as if she imagined the meal to come. His eyes glowed.