Paul Giamatti, brilliant sad sack.
PBS reports that Paul Giamatti will join the cast of Downton Abbey for Season 4, in the role of Lady Cora's "maverick playboy" brother.
Giamatti has brought sad-sack pathos to such films as American Splendor (as schlubby Harvey Pekar), Sideways (as schlubby wine guy), John Adams (as America's badass – but also petty, bitter and schlubby – second president) and it cannot be forgotten, to the seminal role of Pig Vomit: the obnoxious and schlubby radio station exec in Howard Stern's magnum opus, Private Parts.
We kid: schlubby he may come across onscreen, but he also seems ferociously brilliant. And damn, we cannot wait to see him match wits with the dowager Countess. And maybe Thomas the footman will hit on him!
Only 177 days until we get to see how all of this turns out! Oh wait hahahaha, like anyone is actually going to wait until it airs in America.
This is not Paul Giamatti in Downton Abbey. But holy cow how amazing would that be? (photo from the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2, 2014)