Acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, 62, has opened up about his harrowing struggle with oral cancer that saw him lose a staggering 35 pounds, due to the difficulties of eating during his treatment a few years ago. The 'Citadel' star, who has unexpectedly emerged as a sex symbol, shared his experience of this daunting journey towards recovery.

Unable to consume food traditionally during his battle, Tucci recalls, “I had a feeding tube for six months and everything tasted and smelled awful. It took months and months for me to finally be able to eat again and then taste properly again.”

The trauma of the disease was particularly impactful for Tucci, who tragically lost his first wife, Kate, to cancer in 2009. His own diagnosis in 2017 left him "absolutely terrified," especially given the painful memories of seeking treatment for his late wife.

“My late wife and I, we traveled all over the world trying to find a cure for her,” Tucci says, “So when I got it, I was completely shocked. Luckily it hadn’t metastasized.”

Despite his fear and shock, Tucci faced "brutal" treatments with resilience, albeit reluctantly, he admits going to them "kicking and screaming."

Tucci credits his current wife, Felicity Blunt, for providing him with the invaluable support that he needed during those tough times. “She was incredible. Felicity’s undying attention, affection, and encouragement got me through it,” he says of Blunt, who is the sister of his 'The Devil Wears Prada' co-star Emily Blunt.

Tucci's journey has had its bright spots as well. His love for food found an outlet in his Emmy-winning CNN show 'Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,' where he explores his ancestral homeland and its diverse cuisine. Even though CNN discontinued all original programming, leading to the show's termination after two seasons, Tucci remains optimistic. He is actively seeking a new platform for the show, saying, “I have plans to do season three and more.” Despite the challenges, Tucci's fighting spirit and zest for life shine through.