Paul Giamatti, by the way, slammed across two exceptional supporting role performances last year. He's the clever and co-dependent manager of the N.W.A. rap group in Straight Outta Compton. He's the outsider helping other outsiders become major stars in the hip-hop music business of the 1980s. In Love & Mercy, he's a detrimental force in the life of the middle-aged Brian Wilson. He may look harmless with his dorky haircut and equally dorky sweaters, but he's got a psychological control over Brian Wilson that's dangerous. He's a therapist who's practically skin-grafted onto the emotionally broken musician. He keeps Wilson away from relatives, he tags along when Wilson has a date, he administers pills for Wilson to take. Giamatti has one Oscar nomination to his credit (Best Supporting Actor for 2005's Cinderella Man). He's fierce and nasty in Love & Mercy.
Have a good weekend. I hope you dig Paul Dano in Love & Mercy as much as I did.