Toronto: Paul Giamatti's big night
05:00 AM, Sep 06, 2013
TORONTO Paul Giamatti isn’t the only actor to have several films at the Toronto International Film Festival, but he may be the only one to have two premieres in one night.
At 6 p.m. Friday the actor was to premiere 12 Years a Slave, the Steve McQueen-directed true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South. Hours later he hits the red carpet for Parkland, a historical drama weaving together the true stories of a variety of characters intricately involved in the aftermath of the JFK assassination.
The nuance of both historical films drew him in. “12 Years a Slave was really interesting to me because you get this very mechanical idea of what slavery was like, (including) the kind of chains they put you in,” says Giamatti, who plays a salesman crudely auctioning off slaves to plantation owners.
He hasn’t yet seen the film, scheduled to open in limited release Oct. 18. “But you get a sense of the process of how (slavery) worked,” he says. “For (Parkland) too, you see how they got the casket on Air Force One. All the little mundane quotidian details of that stuff are interesting.”