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Cold Souls (movie)
Paul Giamatti is so imperfect for the role
Paul Giamatti is so imperfect for the role

SHORTLY before he had to transform himself into John Adams, Paul Giamatti was portraying Santa in "Fred Claus." And as TV viewers were getting set to see him in powdered wigs while becoming our second president, he was already on to his latest role, in a comedy about a guy whose soul is extracted and stolen by the Russian mob. That one's called "Cold Souls," though Giamatti refers to it as "the soul-sucker picture." His early films had him playing such characters as Pig Vomit (in Howard Stern's "Private Parts") and Veal Chop ("Safe Men"). But Giamatti didn't break through as one of our leading character actors until his...