Montreal Gazette Interview with Paul GiamattiCast Interview Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti talks with Chris Knight about Cannes and Cosmopolis.
“I thought Venice was nutty but this is nuttier,” he says. “Now the French are making the Italians look sane, which is pretty hard to do.”
Giamatti hadn’t worked with Cronenberg before, but he was excited to hear that someone was adapting one of Don DeLillo’s novels. The script, with its single very long scene for his character, won him over completely.
“I thought the script was just bonkers,” he says. “And then the part was really interesting. And then it’s also 20 minutes long. That doesn’t come along very often.”
He’s having a great time at Cannes (for all its nuttiness), but recounts a weird brush-off from Alexander Payne, who directed him in 2004′s Sideways but is now forbidden from talking to the cast and crew of the films in competition. “I saw him but he said, You can’t talk to me.’ I’d forgotten that he was on the jury here.”
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