DEAUVILLE– Stanley Tucci, who was in Deauville to receive a career tribute on Saturday, will reprise his role as Joshua Joyce in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
While in Deauville, Tucci confirmed his character, Joyce, the anti-hero of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” will be back in the next installment of the franchise which has just started shooting with Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins.
Introduced by Deauville’s jury president Frédéric Mitterrand, France’s former culture minister, the tribute to Tucci included clips of his career highlights, from “The Devil Wears Prada” to “The Lovely Bones,” “Margin Call” and “Hunger Games.”
Tucci took the stage and addressed recent terror attacks that have shaken France and in the U.S. “We’re living through very difficult times in France, in America and in the world right now and cinema is something that can bring us all together and bring some positivity to life,” said the actor, who also said during his press conference that he was sad to see a military presence at the festival for the first time.
The actor added, “Cinema is a collaborative art form – a number of directors will even refuse to have “a film by and their name” (in the credits) because cinema is a collaborative art — and it’s in that spirit of collaboration that we can all move forward and I think some politicians have something to learn from artists.”
Tucci is one of the few American stars who made the trip to Deauville this year. Bruno Barde, the festival’s artistic director, said the recent attacks have had an impact on attendance. Another factor is timing as Deauville is sandwiched between Venice and Toronto film festivals which lure some of the biggest U.S. indie films and talent.
The tribute to Tucci was followed by the French premiere of “Free States of Jones.” Matthew McConaughey was not in Deauville to present the movie because he’s currently shooting a film, said the distributor, Metropolitan Filmexport.
Michael Moore, who was being honored today, canceled his attendance earlier this week for “personal reasons.” His tribute was followed by a screening “Where to Invade Next.”