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Movie trivia. What actor got his television debut playing “Man in Sleeping Bag” on NYPD Blue in 1994? Here’s a hint: His film debut came as Heckler #2 in the memorable 1990 made-for-TV movie She’ll Take Romance. Chances are you don’t remember the movie, let alone the name of Heckler #2.
It’s a household name — entertainment giant Paul Giamatti.
Still can’t place him? Last year Time magazine dubbed him “The World’s Best Character Actor.”
That’s a nice way of saying “Guy who isn’t sexy and brawny enough to play the leading man, but, dang, he’s a fantastic actor.” Character actors are like scenery props with a few lines to perform. Whatever gives the star a brighter orbit and a bigger box office draw.
Cementing his “always-a-bridesmaid-never-the-bride” status, Giamatti played Sgt. Hill in Saving Private Ryan while Tom Hanks and Matt Damon received the big-star attention. But after...