Paul Giamatti is known for his talent in portraying challenging characters. He has taken on roles such as a grumpy John Adams and a ruthless U.S. Attorney in “Billions.” In his newest film, “The Holdovers,” Giamatti embodies the character of Paul Hunham, a resentful teacher at a boarding school in New England.
Hunham takes responsibility for the students who have no plans for Christmas. He develops a connection with a defiant child and the school’s mourning chef, portrayed by Da’Vine Joy Randolph, whose late son was a student at the school.
The film has been compared to a “Scrooge-esque Christmas tale,” with Giamatti portraying Scrooge. He believes this description is fitting.