Stanley Tucci was struggling with the side effects of radiation therapy while filming his CNN cooking and travel series Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy.
The Hunger Games star recently revealed his secret medical crisis, telling fans he underwent treatment for a tumour at the base of his tongue.
And now he admits a lot of the food that was cooked for him on the series had to be thrown away, because he had no appetite.
“It was hard because I could taste everything, but I couldn’t necessarily swallow,” he told the New York Times, revealing he struggled while eating a traditional steak florentina: “I had to chew it for 10 minutes to get it down my throat.”
And he explained on other occasions he “just had to get rid of the food.”
Stanley also suffered from vertigo, but revealed he was most afraid of losing his sense of taste, explaining, “I mean, if you can’t eat and enjoy food, how are you going to enjoy everything else?”
But he refused to scrap the series, adding, “I’ve wanted to tell for a long time the story of Italy and the disparate cuisine in every region.”
Tucci also shared he watched cooking shows as he recovered from the radiation treatment: “I just wanted to learn more, live vicariously through them. It was a way I was going to have that once again,” he said.