Starlog Archives: Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti has been a respected character actor for quite a while. Lead roles in American Splendor (2003) and Sideways (2004) brought additional acclaim. By 2006, Hollywood was willing to give Giamatti a shot at leading man status with M. Night Shyamalan’s fantasy film, Lady In The Water. If you read the Razzie articles, you know that Lady was a pivotal movie in the director’s career. It was intended to be a triumphant middle finger to all of his critics, but it turned out to prove Shyamalan’s critics right.
Giamatti walked away from the mess mostly unscathed. But he didn’t get another shot at the brass ring of leading-man-hood. Lady in the Water was also expected to make a household name of Bryce Dallas Howard. Instead, she went on to play Gwen Stacy in Spider-man 3. In short, it was a floppity-flop. But before that proved to be true, Giamatti discussed the movie with Starlog magazine.