Roberts Blast Helps Director Praise Giamatti

Director ALEXANDER PAYNE credits MIKE NICHOLS' scathing criticism of JULIA ROBERTS' acting ability with giving him the words to praise his SIDEWAYS star PAUL GIAMATTI.

The film-maker blasts Roberts' performance in his latest movie CLOSER, insisting she fought the emotion inside her rather than unleash it for the cameras.

But the damning review allowed Payne to orchestrate his admiration for Giamatti's technique - because the actor possessed the skills Nichols claims were missing in Roberts.

The 43-year-old told British magazine EMPIRE, "This morning I was reading THE NEW YORK TIMES and Mike Nichols was in it talking about Julia Roberts in Closer.

"He said, 'You can see the thoughts as they go across her face, thoughts which are complicated with emotion, and you see her fight the emotion rather than just produce it, which is so boring.'

"Now, I don't have those thoughts about Julia Roberts but it made me think about Paul and how brilliant he is - and now Mike Nichols has given me a way to articulate that."

21/01/2005 13:46

Contactmusic

Tags: Alexander Payne - Paul Giamatti - Closer - Empire - The New York Times


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to vicious rumours, but she definitely did not...

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top...

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

The second daughter of musician Bob Geldof, Peaches Geldof was thrust...

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

You know who he is. Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the Iron Man franchise has been...

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

Hercules Extended Trailer

Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his...

Hercules Trailer

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'

Cyrus also features on the track's vocals, and -perhaps most shockingly of all- resists...

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'
Advertisement

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

We live in a movie world of superheroes at the moment with franchise...

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a huge success both critically...

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]

Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the...

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Alexander Payne Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Alexander Payne

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All