'Rim of the World' star Alessio Scalzotto says his character Gabriel is tough, but also has a sensitive side to him in the movie
The 'Genius' star says that despite his character being introduced as a juvie-breakout, he gets a chance to explore his sensitive side in the film
In the words of director McG, 'Rim of the World' is more than a fun and action adventure. It is a touching movie that brings four misfit teens battling their own fears, and while they are at it, they also have to save the world from an alien invasion. And Alessio Scalzotto, one of the protagonists in the movie has his own experience to share after being part of the sci-fi action adventure.
Talking to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Scalzotto explains how he loved that he could connect to his on-screen persona, Gabriel. "He's a tough kid, but still has a sensitive side to him," he shares.
The 'Genius' star plays Gabriel, a teen who escapes from juvie and is hiding in the campsite where he meets the remaining heroes, Alex (Jack Gore), ZhenZhen (Miya Cech) and Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.) as they try to make sense of the invasion that happens around them. Over the course of the movie, it is revealed that he is a good-natured kid working in a supermarket and was falsely accused of a mistake he didn't commit, and in the melee, punched one of the customers. As a result, he is detained and sentenced to juvie which also sees his mother severe her ties with him.
"You know he is (a good kid) like when you ask him about his past... how he ended up in juvie... about his mom... but then he has a good heart," adds Scalzotto.
In many ways, Scalzotto's character in the movie is similar to that of Trever O'Brien's Kenny Bates in the 2006 Dwayne Johnson-starrer, 'Gridiron Gang' where a timid, but good-natured Bates is sent to juvie and that strains his relationship with his mother. But while Bates gets a happy reunion at the end, Gabriel gets a bitter-sweet ending where he plays his part in stopping the alien invasion, but his mother is presumed missing during the evacuation ahead of the invasion.
This is Scalzotto's second appearance in front of the camera. He first appeared in 'Genius', an American anthology period drama series. The first season followed the life of Albert Einstein, from his early years as a patent clerk to his later years as a physicist who developed the theory of relativity — the season is based on the 2007 book 'Einstein: His Life and Universe' by Walter Isaacson.
'Rim of the World' also stars Jack Gore as Alex, Miya Cech as ZhenZhen and Benjamin Flores Jr. as Dariush, who adds in a huge chunk of fun element in the movie. Annabeth Gish and Lynn Collins play key roles in the movie as well.
The movie premiered on May 24 and is available for streaming on Netflix. You can watch the entire interview with the 'Rim of the World' cast below:
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