Paul Giamatti

  • Aired:  10/08/13
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"Parkland" star Paul Giamatti talks about being an approachable celebrity and playing Abraham Zapruder, the man who accidentally filmed John F. Kennedy's assassination. (6:37)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.�4@3

MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYS AIBRAHAMZA BRUDER IN A NEW FILM

ABOUT THE KENNEDYASSASSINATION.

THE INTERVIEW WILL BE SHAKY ANDOUT OF FOCUS.

THANK YOU FOR COMING ON.

I WANTED TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOWFOR A LONG TIME.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

I'M VERY EXCITED.

>> Stephen: BESIDES YOU BEINGA BIG STAR-- YOU LOVE PAUL

GIAMATTI, RIGHT?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: AND I'M KIND OF ABIG STAR, TOO.

>> VERY BIG.

>> Stephen: WHEN I WALKAROUND PEOPLE DON'T APPROACH ME

BECAUSE I AM-- I'M UNTOUCHABLE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT IMEAN?

>> YES.

.

>> Stephen: BUT YOU SEEM JUSTLIKE AN AVERAGE GUY.

>> I'M APPROACHABLE.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

EVEN IN YOUR MOST FAMOUS ROLES,YOU SEEM LIKE THE GUY-- HEY, I

WOULD KNOW THAT GUY.

THAT GUY MIGHT BE A FRIEND OFMINE.

>> THAT'S GOOD.

>> Stephen: A COWORKER OFMINE.

IS THAT A PROBLEM?

THEN PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING,"HEY, I THINK I KIND OF KNOW

YOU."

>> YES, I GET TOUCHED A LOT BYPEOPLE.

PEOPLE WANT TO TOUCH ME A LOT.

>> Stephen: REALLY, WHY DOTHEY WANT TO TOUCH YOU FIRST?

ARE YOU LIKE A PREGNANT WOMAN,THEY TOUCH THE BELLY AND IT'S

INAPPROPRIATE.

>> IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE THAT.

THAT'S NICE TO HEAR.

I THINK MOST OF THE CHARACTERS IPLAY SEEM LIKE SOCIOPATHS.

>> Stephen: THERE ARE A LOTOF SOCIOPATHS.

I THINK WE ALL KNOW ONE.

>> AND THEY'RE VERYAPPROACHABLE, TOO GLA.

>> Stephen: RIGHT BECAUSE NOMATTER WHAT YOU DO, THEIR HEART

RATE NEVER GOES UP WHEN THEYKILL YOU.

>> Stephen: THERE'S ANOTHERGREAT THING THAT MAKES YOU LIKE

AN EVERY MAN IN THIS.

YOU HAVE BURSTS OF ANGER.

>> SUPPRESSED RAGE.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVESUPROCESSED RAGE AT ALL TIMES

AND AT ANY MOMENT IT COULD COMEOUT IN A MOMENT OF REALLY

DELICIOUS IRE.

OKAY.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ANY CHANCE WE'REGOING TO GET SOME OF THAT

TONIGHT?

>> IT COULD HAPPEN.

WE'LL SEE WHERE THIS GOES.

THAT COULD HAPPEN.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YOU'RE IN THE NEW FILM"PARKLAND."

>>IM.

>> Stephen: THIS IS A-- THISIS ABOUT THE KENNEDY

ASSASSINATION.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: BUT IT'S NOT THESTORY OF REALLY JOHN KENNEDY AND

JACKIE KENNEDY.

IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE AFFECTEDTHAT DAY, REALLY FOR THE REST OF

THEIR LIVES?

>> YES.

INNOCENT BYSTANDERS WHO BECOMEMAJOR PLAYERS IN IT IN A WAY.

>> Stephen: YOU PLAY ABRAHAMZAPRUDER.

EXPLAIN TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHOZAPRUDER WAS.

>> ZAPRUDER WAS A DALLASSELF-MAD BUSINESSMAN.

HE WAS A UKRAINIAN IMMIGRANT,AND WE.TO NEW YORK CITY, AND

BUILT THUP BUSINESS EVENTUALLY,THIS DRESS MAKING BUSINESS.

AND HE WAS A CAMERA ENTHUSIAST.

THE CAMERA HE HAD WAS THECUTTING EDGE SUPER 8 FILMAT THE

TIME, AND HE WAS JUST-- YOU BE,THAT DAY HIS OFFICES WERE RIGHT

ON DEALEY PLAZA, SO HE WAS VERYEXCITED.

HE WAS VERY PATRIOTIC.

HE WAS AN IMMIGRANT AND HE WASVERY EXCITED TO GO OUT THERE AND

HE FILMED IT, THE 28-SECONDFILM.

>> Stephen: THIS 28 SECONDSWHICH IS REALLY THE ONLY FOOTAGE

WE HAVE OF THE ASSASSINATION OFTHE PRESIDENT?

>> YES, IT IS, I THINK SO, OFTHE ACTUAL SHOOTING, YES.

>> Stephen: DID HE MAKE MONEYOFF OF THIS?

BECAUSE THIS IS A CAPITALISTSOCIETY, AND HE WAS A

BUSINESSMAN.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: DID HE MAKE MONEYOFF OF THIS?

>> HE DID.

HE SOLD IT TO "LIFE" MAGAZINEAND IT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL

WHEN HE DID THIS.

>> Stephen: EXPLAIN TO THEYOUNG PEOPLE WHAT A MAGAZINE

IS.

>> IT'S SHINY AND IS MADE OUT OFPAPER AND HAS LOTS OF NICE

PICTURES IN IT.

>> Stephen: IT'S LIKE ANIPAD YOU CAN BURN.

( APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WAS HE CONFLICTED

ABOUT SELLING IT?

>> I THINK HE WAS, YES.

I THINK HE FELT GUILTY ABOUTTAKING THE FILM AT ALL.

HE FELT ASHAMED THAT HE'D DONETHIS.

IT WAS ACCIDENTAL, HE DIDN'TMEAN TO DO IT, BUT I THINK HE

FELT LIKE HE HAD DWOWMENTEDSOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WEREN'T

SUPPOSED TO SEE SO HE FELTGUILTY ABOUT IT?

>> Stephen: WE HAVE A CLIP,LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

>> WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS-- WHENHE'S HIT --

>> THE KILL SHOT?

>> YEAH.

WE'LL PUBLISH THOSE FRAMES?

BECAUSE I THINK YOU WOULD AGREESOME THINGS THE WORLD DOES NOT

NEED TO SEE.

>> IN THIS CASE, MISSING FRAMESCOULD LEAD TO FALSE

SPECULATIONS.

>> THAT IS NOT MY BUSINESS.

I DON'T CARE ABOUT ALL THAT.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE MAN'SDIGNITY.

>> WE HAVE A RESPONSE-->> HE WAS A DIGNIFIED MAN.

IT WAS A VERY UNDIGNIFIED ENDFOR A VERY DIGNIFIED MAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )DID "LIFE" MAGAZINE END UP

PRINTING-->> NO THEY CUT THOSE FRAMES

OUT.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY FRAMES?

>> I'M NOT SURE.

NOT MANY, BUT IT WAS THE ACTUALSHOT THAT HIT HIM.

s THAT WAS NOT IN "LIFE"MAGAZINE.

>> Stephen: THOSE WERE LOST?

>> NO, I MEAN, NOW YOU'REGETTING INTO THE CONSPIRACY

THEORY.

>> Stephen: I AM.

>> I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE WHOWILL SAY IT WAS DOCTORED IN SOME

WAY.

>> Stephen: I WILL.

>> YES, I HAD A FEELING YOUWOULD.

>> Stephen: YES, BECAUSE ITMAKES A BETTER STORY.

>> IT MAKES A MUCH BETTERSTORY.

CONSPIRACY THEORIES-->> Stephen: THE IDEA THAT ONE

GUY SHOT THE PRESIDENT ISDINED'D KIND OF BOTHER AND SAD.

>> SAD, YES.

>> Stephen: BUT IF THERE'S ANENORMOUS CONSPIRACY OF PEOPLE

BEHIND THE KEEPS OF OUR ADULTLIFE, THAT'S KIND OF EXCITING.

>> IT'S WEIRDLY COMFORTING, TOO,I THINK TO PEOPLE.

I THINK IT'S HARD TOREUNDERSTAND ONE PERSON DOING

SOMETHING.

YOU CAN'T FATHOM OF PSYCHOLOGYOF ONE MAN SNAPPING LIKE THAT.

I THINK IT'S COMFORTING TOTHINK, WELL, THERE'S A WHOLE

SYSTEM AT WORK.

>> Stephen: ALSO THAT ITWOULD TAKE A WHOLE SYSTEM TO

BRING DOWN THE PRESIDENT.

>> YES, EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: ANY CHANCEZAPRUDER WAS THE SHOOTER?

I'M JUST SAYING HE WAS THERE.

>> I'M NOT SURE HE'D PLAY ITTHAT WAY --

>> Stephen: REALLY?

YOU JUST GAVE AWAY THE ENDING OFTHE FILM.

>> I'M SORRY.

>> Stephen: PAUL, THANK YOUSO MUCH.

>> SUCH A PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: PAUL GIAMATTI,THE MOVIE IS

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