Giovanni Ribisi on Contraband

We preview's interview with Giovanni Ribisi.

Ed Douglasby Ed Douglas

Giovanni Ribisi

If you're a true movie buff, there's really nothing better than watching some movie and a familiar face shows up you weren't expecting and ends up stealing the scene from stars making the big bucks. Such is the gift (and the bane) of the character actor, and Giovanni Ribisi is a special instance since he's one of those satellite actors who shows up from time to time in a movie without ever having played the exact same character twice.

At 37 years old, Ribisi has been acting since he was 11 years old, mostly in movies (and big Oscar-nominated films like Saving Private Ryan and Lost in Translation, too) but also making appearances on hit shows like "Friends" and "My Name Is Earl."  He's taken a bit of time off as an actor since appearing in James Cameron's Avatar a couple of years ago, but Ribisi is back co-starring in Contraband, a movie co-produced by and starring Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday, a former smuggler who has turned his back on that life to settle down with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and their two kids. Things change when Ribisi's character, a slimy criminal named Briggs threatens Wahlberg's younger brother-in-law after a botched smuggling operation, forcing Chris to put together a crew for one last operation down in Panama. 

It's another character Ribisi's fans should enjoy, as playing Briggs allows the actor to chew up a lot of scenery, but he also has a lot of scenes where he gets his ass whooped by Wahlberg's character."

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