Same job, different uniform.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hello Paul, Goodbye Tom

Last night I picked up my sister's copy of PARADE magazine. Paul Giamatti is featured.

She doesn't have a copy of PARADE anymore.

There are a fair amount of male celebrities with swagger, air-brushed good looks and enough of the modern equivalent of Dapper Dan to seal the tarmac at LAX. They are handsome but one-dimensional. Their looks betray this.

We would describe Paul Giamatti's looks as average. (Click here for photos from the shoot.) He has to work harder for recognition, though perhaps not for meaningful roles. Everyone knows someone who looks like Paul Giamatti, which makes him easy to cast and difficult to market.

You knew this.

What you didn't know is that Paul is the son of Bart. The Bart. Former baseball commissioner known for giving Pete Rose the boot.

Already Mr. Giamatti is leagues ahead of his peers in the category of Appeal. It gets better.

"I feel like I've constantly been in a state of crisis since I was about 12," said Giamatti in his interview with PARADE. "I could overthink everything. I mean, I just wrestled with myself about mayonnaise or no mayonnaise over here. It was a split second, but it was a titanic struggle: Do I send it back or not send it back?"

Angst. What other actors legitimately lack, Mr. Giamatti has in spades.

And he just signed on to be in the prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep. He was the only possible improvement Coscarelli could have made upon the original.

Rest in Peace, Tom Cruise.

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Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

Hello Paul, Goodbye Tom

There ... is that worth a dollar?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Blogger girlfriday said...

Good enough for me!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


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