Paul Giamatti in Cold Souls (2009)
Comparisons between Cold Souls and Being John Malkovich are inevitable, given that both films traffic in a highly-respected actor being involved in an absurd circumstance. Here we have Paul Giamatti (John Dies at the End, Cosmopolis) concerned that his inability to shake off the emotional baggage of his past roles has left him out of sorts and unable to perform in his latest role, as the title character in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. So after reading a New Yorker article, Paul decides to have his soul removed and stored. But the lightness he feels at first gives way to terror, and he attempts to have his soul (which looks like a chickpea) re-implanted, only to find that it’s been stolen.