Paul Giamatti – your average, ordinary movie star

 

With his receding hairline and nervous mannerisms, Paul Giamatti is not exactly your average leading man. And yet, in the three years since he wowed critics with his role as a melancholy, middle-aged wine aficionado in Sideways, he's swiftly risen to become one of Hollywood's most bankable actors.

At 40 years old, he's actually younger than Hollywood hunks like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, George Clooney or Johnny Depp, but his appeal has little to do with looks or youth; it's his very ordinariness that makes him a director's favourite. "Let's be honest about this. I'm limited by my looks so I'm a tough sell," he says, smiling apologetically. "But there's plenty of folk out there who look just like me, and someone has to play them. "

(Source: The Independent)


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