- March 27, 2018
- Posted by: Trading
- Category: News
Emmy Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci knows a thing or two about art, and not only because his father was an artist and art teacher.
For three decades, Tucci has had to juggle starring in blockbusters with making smaller-budget passion projects, balancing two “Hunger Games” movies and “The Devil Wears Prada” alongside starring and directing his own independent movies, “Big Night” and “Joe Gould’s Secret.”
“Final Portrait,” a biopic about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti that has just been released in New York and Los Angeles, is the fifth film Tucci has directed, but the first he has helmed in over a decade. The movie depicts the protracted saga that ensues when Giacometti, played by Geoffrey Rush, asks his young American friend James Lord (Armie Hammer) to sit for his portrait.
#FinalPortrait stars Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer and Tony Shalhoub in a game of artistic frustration, patience, and beauty. See it in theaters next Friday, 3/23! @armiehammer pic.twitter.com/LGkphXQxMF
— Sony Classics (@sonyclassics) March 15, 2018
The movie literally depicts art versus commerce. Giacometti might be a powerful global brand today — his 1947 cast sold for a world record price of $141.3 million at Christie’s in 2015. But in “Final Portrait” he keeps bundles of cash loosely lying around his Paris apartment and uses his earnings to pay off the pimps of his prostitute mistress Caroline (Clémence Poésy).
“Giacometti didn’t care about money at all,” Tucci told MarketWatch at a New York screening of the film hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company at the Guggenheim Museum, with an after-party at the Levy Gorvy Gallery. “It had no significance for him.”
Finance did, however, possess extra meaning for Tucci during the making of the movie since it took him so long to get it greenlit. “It was hard,” he said. “It took over ten years to get made. There was a British producer called Gail Egan who was able to do it. Thank God!”
Turns out his movie artist subject kept Tucci going during his development struggles. “I just had to tell his story,” he said. “I’ve always loved his work and [“Final Portrait”] made me more enamored of him.”
“His work was so beautiful. It’s unlike any other artist I’ve ever seen. It’s so very elusive,” Tucci said.