SCREEN GEM: Private Parts (1997)
Howard Stern, Paul Giamatti, ...
Credit: Paul Giamatti: Kobel Collection

Great role: Paul Giamatti in ”Private Parts”

PREMISE In his rise to fame, Howard Stern (left, playing himself) frequently clashes over content with Kenny, the petty radio bureaucrat he nicknames Pig Vomit (Giamatti, right).

FUN FACT ”He’s got that soft face, those rat eyes,” Private Parts director Betty Thomas said of Giamatti in an EW interview. ”He’s the perfect sleazy guy!” We’re sure she meant it as a compliment.

WHY IT’S GREAT Giamatti’s exasperated everyshlub persona, which he perfected in American Splendor and Sideways, first earned him critical notice here.