Paul Giamatti stopped by to promote his latest film, 'Barney's Version,' and told the crew he'd never met Kevin Metheny before playing him in 'Private Parts': "I've never heard him or seen him. Nothing."
Paul laughed that he only recently learned that 'Pig Vomit' was based on a living person: "All I knew was that I was supposed to have this stupid Southern accent...I didn't know he was a real guy."
Paul said he'd recently been approached to play yet another real person--Larry Fine in the new 'Three Stooges' film. Paul said he was hesitant about playing a Stooge: "They creeped me out as a kid. It was only when I got older that I liked them."
He eventually turned down the role because he couldn't 'do' Larry: "I would have moments where I felt like I nailed it and then it would go away...I'm not that good a mimic."
From 'Thunderpants' to 'Lady in the Water'
Howard asked Paul about the hilariously-titled 'Thunderpants,' a film he'd acted in after 'Private Parts,' so Paul laughed: "I was very eager to do it. And the reason I got it was because the guy was a big 'Private Parts' fan."
Paul said he rarely earned big paychecks for his roles: "I got paid for 'Planet of the Apes.' Pretty decent [paycheck] for me." Paul said he also collected a healthy sum for his work in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Lady in the Water': "I think I said it's a problematic film...enjoy it if you like it."