Harvey Pekar is a regular guy with an unusual way of documenting his life – in the comic book American Splendor. Using the book as a base, Paul Giamatti plays Pekar, whilst the real man watches on. As well as Pekar, his wife Joyce and work colleague Toby are also played by actors, with interspersed segments of the actual people and clips from the comic books, tell Harvey’s life story.
One of the most fascinating biographies I’ve seen – Pekar is an everyman, but also totally charming in his utter normality. The way his story is told – comic book, tv appearances, an actor playing him – are so unique that it makes for an incredibly intriguing movie. I loved it.