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Gianni Capaldi’s new role: A lovable bad guy

Scottish actor Gianni Capaldi in a scene from the action film, "Ambushed."

Scottish actor Gianni Capaldi in a scene from the action film, “Ambushed.”

Gianni Capaldi is a busy man.

The Scottish actor has been making a name for himself in the action genre of filmmaking.

He stars alongside Vinnie Jones, Dolph Lundgren and Billy Zane in the new film, “Blood and Redemption,” which is out in theaters and on demand now. He is also starring with Jones and Lundgren in the action film, “Ambushed,” which is also out.

“It was a really good and gritty action film,” he says of filming “Ambushed,” during a recent phone interview. “It’s everything you want in an action film. There are dirty cops, drugs and was very physical when filming.”

Capaldi and crew filmed for about four weeks in December 2012 in Los Angeles.

“I was scared I wasn’t going to make it back home for Christmas,” he sys. “But it all worked out and we wrapped before then.”

In the film, Capaldi plays Eddie, who is a bad guy.

Gianni Capaldi.

Gianni Capaldi.

“I got to play a guy from Scotland and provided some of the comic relief for the film,” he says. “He’s a lovable bad guy. It’s like Eddie will smash your head in, yet he would drive you to the hospital. He’s always caring.”

Capaldi says he does share some traits with Eddie.

“Not the drug dealer part,” he laughs. “Eddie is the type of person who goes full throttle and isn’t afraid to die. That’s something we have in common.

“Oh, Eddie also has good taste in women. So do I. This should make my wife smile.”

Working with the likes of Jones and Lundgren, Capaldi says he would often leave the set with bruises.

“Vinnie accidentally hit me a few times,” he says. “That is part of the deal. I’m in an action movie and I should expect to get roughed up just a little bit.”

Aside from acting, Capaldi also served as a producer on both films. He also wrapped the film, “A Certain Justice,” where he also served as a producer.

“I like to keep busy and producing is fun,” he says. “It’s a great way for me to learn more about the industry. Hopefully the roles and movies will keep coming around for me. I really enjoy them.”

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