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Roles of a Lifetime

“Billions” star Paul Giamatti shifts seamlessly from one unforgettable role to the next
By Marshall Fine | From Paul Giamatti, May/June 2019
Roles of a Lifetime
Photos/David Needleman
Paul Giamatti stood on a movie set, surrounded by hundreds of extras, most of them made up to look like talking monkeys, just like he was. And at that moment, he knew he’d made it. “As a kid, if you’d told me I was going to be in a Planet of the Apes movie, I would have felt like the most powerful human being on Earth,” Giamatti says, his eyes brightening as he thinks back to Tim Burton’s multimillion-dollar 2001 remake. “Then I got paid, and I thought, ‘If I can keep working like this, I’m going to be OK.’ ” Now 51, Giamatti is more than OK: He has flourished, in an almost-30-year career that has included Emmy and Golden Globe awards, along with nominations for an Oscar …
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