July 29, 2016
        Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                "Jason Bourne" brings back Matt Damon to the franchise                Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" is the Centerpiece of the 2016 New York Film Festival                A Teaser Trailer for "Justice League" suggests a really fun blockbuster                "Blair Witch" and "Wonder Woman": Comic-Con unleashes a ton of buzz worthy Trailers                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders                "Star Trek Beyond" is a rare success for the 2016 summer movie season                The 2016 New York Film Festival will open with Ava Duvernay's documentary "The 13th"                Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make us swoon as "La La Land" drops a luminous Teaser Trailer                "Loving" announces itself as an awards player with a great Trailer                Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for July                Woody Allen has another crowd pleaser on his hands with "Cafe Society"                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actor contenders                Kristen Stewart shines in the sci-fi love story "Equals"                'Ghostbusters' is an excellent re-invention of the classic franchise        

Tag Archives: A. Bartlett Giamatti

Paul Giamatti on “Win Win,” more “Sideways” and his role in the “Hangover” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off his Golden Globe-winning performance as beleaguered Barney Panofsky in “Barney’s Version,” Paul Giamatti takes the high road – or, at least, a higher road than Panofsky – to play a wrestling coach struggling to hold several lives in orbit for “Win Win.”
A small but emotionally effective ensemble drama, “Win Win” comes from Tom McCarthy, who helmed such well-received titles as “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor.” But collaborating with McCarthy wasn’t Giamatti’s sole reason for signing up with “Win Win,” which recently screened as a Headliner at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin.
“It was the money, frankly,” Giamatti told a room of reporters, filling the space with laughter. “I would have been fiscally irresponsible not to do it.”
We were doing a roundtable interview with Giamatti, asking him about his character, Mike Flaherty, a New Jersey lawyer who spends his after hours coaching high school wrestling. In all seriousness, Giamatti said it was the chance to collaborate with his old friend, McCarthy, that lured him to the project.

“More than anything, it was just Tom telling me he had a script that he wanted me to look at. I told him I didn’t even need to look at it,” Giamatti explained. “I’ve known him for 20 years. I went to drama school with him. I’ve never done anything with him. Anything. For me, he was a guy that I went out and got drunk with. That’s who Tom was to me! He was just this guy who then suddenly started making these wonderful movies. Which didn’t surprise me at all, but I don’t know. I saw these movies that he had made and thought, ‘I’d love to do something with him because he’s such a good guy, it would be really interesting to have him as my boss.’
“He also knew me really well,” Giamatti continued, “as a person and as an actor. He knew my tricks, which he kept making me avoid. But that was great. He was tough on me a lot of times, but that was OK, because he is my buddy, so it was alright.
“I really liked the world of it,” he added. “I liked that it was portraying middle-class suburban life. The character is a guy with conflicts, but he’s a good guy, and I don’t play many sorts of good guys like that, so that was sort of interesting. He’s […]