Paul Giamatti, who stars as classic Marvel Comics villain Aleksei "The Rhino" Sytsevich in the forthcoming Marc Webb sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, says that his accent is hammy and that he played the role as big and over-the-top as he could manage.
"One of several bad guys in the movie," the Academy Award-nominee told The Toronto Sun. "In the comic books of old, he had this suit on that made him look like a rhinoceros, and it made him super strong. If there was a bank vault he would just run right through it. Butt through it with his head. And he was not very smart."
Giamatti described his performance by saying, "I have a particular kind of suit, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it. He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. I have an ability to just destroy things. My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. it seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
The Russian mob really can be fun. Just ask Hawkeye.