Quote: "There was a lot of weapons being confiscated, generally, every day - box cutters and things like that... It was mostly the extras that they brought in for the concert sequences and stuff." Paul Giamatti admits filming the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton came with some odd risks. The Sideways star portrays the rap act's manager Jerry Heller in the film.
Fact: Howard Stern's longtime nemesis Kevin Metheny has died, aged 60. The radio executive suffered a heart attack and passed away on Friday (03Oct14). Metheny was mentioned in the shock jock's 1993 memoir Private Parts and Paul Giamatti' played his character, who was dubbed "Pig Vomit", in the 1997 film adaptation.
Fact: Actor Paul Giamatti has joined the latest series of British period drama Downton Abbey. He will play the brother of Elizabeth MCGovern's character, Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.
Quote: "I would like to go to Mongolia, I really would... It seems exciting. The history of it's interesting; you've got the desert, you've got the throat singing." Sideways star Paul Giamatti is planning an odd summer holiday.
Quote: "I chop a lot of people up in this movie. It's great. I cut people's tongues out and I chop a guy up at the end of the movie." Mild-mannered movie star Paul Giamatti relished playing King John in bloody new medieval epic Ironclad.
Quote: "I don't need an entourage. Being bombarded doesn't happen enough to make that necessary. I'm a simple guy. Actually boring. I do everyday things. Read books. Exercise. I have a pool. I like swimming. I live here. I don't like California. It's all very fast out there. Too much lifestyle and divorce." Actor Paul Giamatti prefers life in New York to Hollywood.
Quote: "There were not a lot of laughs. They aren't cutting up all the time. I probably was d**king around more than they were... Zach's not like, I mean he's funny, but he's not f**king around. It's interesting, actually." Paul Giamatti was surprised to find filming on the set of The Hangover Ii with Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper a serious affair.
Quote: "We actually do have a fist fight... He kicks my a** in it - a 70-year-old Englishman with a bad hip... It's humiliating." Actor Paul Giamatti on scrapping with DUPLICITY co-star Tom Wilkinson.
Quote: "Somebody asked me that and I'm like, 'That sounds, like, do I have like a bladder control problem...' I don't Twitter, I don't know what the hell that is. I don't wanna catch up with anybody, I wanna be left alone, man." Actor Paul Giamatti refuses to be part of the Twitter revolution.
Quote: "I chose to shave my entire body for a role once, because I had to wear little Speedos (swimming trunks), which was scary enough. It was itchy (when the hair grew back), I was covered in lotions for months." Hairy actor Paul Giamatti on the lengths he goes to for his movie roles.
Quote: "I'm not a traditionally handsome man... My fortune hasn't been my looks... (but) tell me I'm as good looking as Paul Giamatti." British funnyman Ricky Gervais insists he won't be the ugliest man at the Emmy Awards.
Quote: "The only person I would hope gets recognised in some way is Viggo Mortensen who was in EASTERN PROMISES. I thought he was fantastic." Actor Paul Giamatti gives his predictions for the nominees for the 2008 Academy Awards. The list of contenders is set to be announced on Tuesday (22Jan08).
Quote: "I was never buying it and I never bought it. It just never made sense to me. It didn't add up. But I bought The Easter Bunny for years for some reason." Big screen Santa Claus Paul Giamatti never believed in Father Christmas.
Fact: Movie star Vince Vaughn will get the chance to interview Santa Claus when he co-hosts U.S. morning show LIVE WITH REGIS + KELLY on Friday (09Nov07). The Wedding Crashers funnyman's first interviewee on the show will be his Fred Claus co-star Paul Giamatti, who plays Father Christmas in the festive comedy.
Quote: "The best thing about it is hanging around the craft service table... with other actors... and crew people... eating doughnuts. I hang around there a lot." SIDEWAYS star Paul Giamatti loves the chit-chat around the catering table on film sets.
Quote: "I sweat a lot in the costume, so I'm drinking all day. With the huge rubber hands I wear, it's hard to take care of myself." Actor Paul Giamatti on the downside of playing SANTA in new film Fred Claus.
Quote: "I get a lot of free hooch when I go into restaurants." SIDEWAYS star Paul Giamatti on the benefits of starring in a movie about wine tasting.
Fact: <p>Director Ang Lee and fellow Oscar hopefuls Paul Giamatti and Rachel Weisz missed out on the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Hollywood yesterday (13FEB06) because they were left snowbound in New York City. </p>
Quote: <p>"I can't imagine a greater honour than being acknowledged by my peers. Being an actor is a hell of a thing. It's a hell of a thing. It's up and down. It's great, but I found the best thing about it is hanging around the craft-service table with other actors and crew people, eating doughnuts." Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) winner Paul Giamatti declares his love for baked treats while accepting his trophy for Cinderella Man. </p>
Fact: <p>Movie-maker M Night Shyamalan is planning to turn his new movie about a mermaid living in a swimming pool - into an illustrated children's book. The film stars Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard. </p>