You Better Watch Out For Paul Giamatti

The Oscar-nominee plays the adorable Santa in 'Fred Claus'.

Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti (“The Cinderella Man,” “Sideways”) plays the adorable Nicholas Claus aka Santa, in Warner Bros.’ uproariously funny holiday comedy “Fred Claus.”

Giamatti was director David Dobkin’s original vision for the role of Nick “Santa” Claus. The director notes, “I wanted our Santa Claus to be very real; he is everyman with real pain and real troubles.” Acknowledging that Giamatti is perhaps better known for his dramatic roles, Dobkin says, “Paul is not someone you would immediately imagine as the big and jolly character that is Santa Claus. But Paul brought his wit, intelligence and warmth to the character, as well as an incredible sense of vulnerability that I really wanted Santa to have.”

Fred Claus.

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