Cold Souls | EW.com

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Starring: Paul Giamatti
Directed By: Sophi Barthes
Release Date: August 7

When writer-director Barthes handed Giamatti the script for this surreal comedy at the 2006 Nantucket Film Festival, the actor was surprised to see that the project had his name all over it…literally. With a setup that recalls Being John Malkovich, the story’s hero — a semi-famous thespian who decides to have his soul extracted and placed in storage — is modeled on Giamatti and shares his name. Still, the actor suspects he wasn’t the first choice for the part. ”[Sophie] says she based the whole thing on a dream about Woody Allen,” Giamatti notes with a chuckle. ”But I guess she figured she’d never get Woody Allen, so she put me in it instead.”