Even Paul Giamatti will tell you that Paul Giamatti doesn't have the debonair looks and suave charm of a prototypical leading man. In other words, he's no George Clooney.

Yet the 42-year-old actor has carved out a niche as exactly that unlikely leading man, thanks to his scene-stealing breakout in 'Private Parts' (he was Howard Stern's lovingly nicknamed adversary "Pig Vomit"), and subsequent above-the-title turns in 'American Splendor' and 'Sideways.'

His latest, 'Cold Souls,' like 'Splendor' and 'Sideways,' is a low-budget indie that has big-audience potential. In the metaphysical comedy, Giamatti plays -- get this -- an actor named Paul Giamatti, who, struggling from depression, decides to have his soul extracted from his body. We asked Giamatti about the inevitable 'Souls' comparisons to Charlie Kaufman fare and whether or not he does, in fact, drink any f***ing merlot.
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