Thursday, December 4, 2008

Here comes Mo! SELFLESS Star MO GALLINI Arrives Today at Santa Fe Film Fest

Actor, Mo Gallini, awarded Best Supporting Actor at BendFilm for his roll in SELFLESS will be on hand at both screenings of SELFLESS at the Santa Fe Film Center, Thurs Dec 4th at 4:15pm, and Sat Dec 6th at 9:15pm.

Hollywood veteran character actor Mo Gallini co-stars in the Pander Bros.’ “Selfless” as Wesley Stone – a master at identity theft who destroys Dylan’s career as a rising star in the “green” architecture movement after a random encounter in an airport lounge.

His expanding portfolio of unforgettable menacing villains includes supporting roles in the blockbusters – John Singleton’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “End of Days” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger – as well as the David Lynch movie, “Mulholland Drive.” On television, Gallini has appeared as a recurring character on “24”; in guest-starring roles on such series as “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” and “Shark”; and co-starring parts in the television movies, “Father Lefty” and “Babylon 5: A Call to Arms.”

The son of a Lebanese father and Cuban mother, he was born and raised in Miami, then spent two years at the University of Florida in Gainesville before following his family to Los Angeles.

Gallini just happened to fall into the profession. “I met a friend of my sister's who was an acting teacher and started taking classes to see what it was about. It was a very liberating experience!,” he reports. At the same time, Gallini began to observe how desperate so many people are in L.A. to become a star, “but aren’t willing to do what it takes – hone their craft.”

At one point, Gallini began to wonder if he had what it takes to make acting a viable career. “Once I said yes, I dove right in and started to really believe that I could work in this towns.” His first professional acting job came in the feature film, “Rudy,” when director David Anspaugh cast Gallini and a friend as Notre Dame football players. And, soon after, he was playing a tough guy on the hit television series, “Seinfeld.”

A watershed moment, Gallini recalls, took place on the set of “End of Days.” “On my last day, I was going to have a fight scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger. On one of the takes, we were rolling around fighting on the floor and both getting into it – really throwing each other around. When they called ‘cut,’ I got up from the ground and had this déjà vu moment of being back in my high school weight room 15 years earlier, facing a poster of Arnold on the wall. And here I was fighting him! How cool!”

As “Selfless” pushes Gallini’s take on his familiar heavy archetype, another recent role allowed him to explore other facets of his talent. Gallini was cast as a coach who mentors a troubled kid in the independent feature, “Fuel.” "It was a very, very different role for me, after years of playing the Bad Guy!” he says with a laugh.

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