The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rhino's Accent is "Hammy," Says Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti as The Rhino

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.