In our recent interview with Paul Giamatti — shortly before he won the Golden Globe for his performance in Barney’s Version — one of the many projects he talked about was Win Win. You sense his enthusiasm for the movie and his respect for writer/director Tom McCarthy:
“It’s a very nice movie directed by this guy Tom, written and directed by this guy Tom McCarthy who did The Station Agent and The Visitor… And he wrote Up too. He wrote the movie Up. He’s a great guy. It’s a great movie.”
Giamatti plays “a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach” in Win Win, which just premiered at Sundance in advance of a March 25 release from Fox Searchlight. Hit the jump to see an amusing clip from the movie of Giamatti and co-star Bobby Cannavale, plus brief Q&A’s with Giamatti and young actor Alex Shaffer at premiere.
Via MTV Movies:
Amy Ryan (Green Zone), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), and Jeffrey Tambor (The Hangover) round out an impressive cast. I believe Matt caught this at Sundance, so expect a review relatively soon.
The official synopsis:
When a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach stumbles across a star athlete, things seem to be looking up. That is, until the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.
24 Frames independently caught up with 17-year-old Shaffer (making his screen debut) and Giamatti on the red carpet at Sundance: