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‘Barney’s Version’ premieres in New York

Giamatti, cast on hand for Sony Classics bow

Mordecai Richler’s semi-autobiographical character Barney Panofsky tells his life story in the novel “Barney’s Version.” And so it was appropriate, at the Gotham preem for the Sony Pictures Classics movie version, that the thesps involved talked about how their lives might be told in novel or movie form. The setting was Monday at the Russian Tea Room.

Minnie’s Version: “I think it would be quite a funny collection of short stories, as most people’s lives are. Some are funny, some are tragic. Some are comic and some are wry, and some you wish you could unread,” said Minnie Driver.

Rosamund’s Version: “Oh my gosh, I have no idea — a tragedy probably,” said Rosamund Pike.

Scott’s Version: “Maybe a salacious memoir? No, it would be a road trip movie. But it’s too early to tell, man,” said Scott Speedman.

Paul’s Version: “Not anywhere as interesting as ‘Barney’s Version.’ It would be not a novel but a short story, like a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode,” said Paul Giamatti.

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