Most of us only notice the umps in baseball when they make a call we passionately disagree with. But when Paul Giamatti was a kid, he noticed them for a whole other set of reasons. In a weird way, his early fascination with umpires foreshadowed his career path, long before he grew up to become the phenomenal character actor that he is today. In this clip, Paul remembers what drew him to the unsung heroes of baseball.
Paul Giamatti is in the red chair tonight, along with his 'Cosmopolis' co-stars Robert Pattison and Sarah Gadon, as well as 'Cosmopolis' director David Cronenberg.
"There's all these athletes, and then there's the weird fat guy who's standing there, who just looks like he wants to go have a beer, and take a crap, and go to bed. And it's like, that guy??! What's that guy doing?! I want to know about that guy!"
"For some reason, [umpires] are really fascinating to me! Because there's something -- they're forgotten, they're ignored, they're marginalized. And they have this really odd job, and they do these weird things."