Paul Giamatti is ready for Nothin’ But a Good Time: New Line Cinema has officially confirmed to EW that the American Splendor star has boarded Adam Shankman’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, playing a sleazy band manager. Said Shankman in a statement to EW: “I have been a huge fan of Paul Giamatti’s work since I became aware of him. He is one of the great character interpreters of our time, and I knew that he sang. He knows how important delight is with villains, and knows how to balance arch with genuinely funny. His character has become the symbol of the corporatization of the music industry, and he is basically a fancy used car salesman in Armani. He simply raises the bar for everyone he works with.” Another tidbit from Shankman: We can expect Giamatti to sing a version of Journey’s “Anyway You Want It” in the movie.
What’s that you say? Giamatti can sing? Well, as anyone who saw the 2000 film Duets would know, yes, he can. Quite well actually. Just click here to check out his version of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” which he sang with Andre Braugher in the film.(If only Duckie were there too!) But now, with the addition of Giamatti to the cast, that brings Rock of Ages total to… Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and possibly Russell Brand. Phew. That’s a massive amount of star power. And who can wait to hear them all sing?
Which brings me to my next question: PopWatchers, who are you most looking forward to hearing rock your local theater? Personally, since we’ve already heard vocal stylings from the likes of Hough and Blige, I’m excited to see what Baldwin has to offer, especially after hearing word that he’s taking singing lessons to prep for the role. Apparently, Princeton’s fight song didn’t offer Jack Donaghey enough training. Your turn, PopWatchers: Who are you most exited to hear sing?