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Krissada grateful for acting job

Writer: Peter Chai

Krissada Sukosol Clapp had a struggling career before he got the lead role in "The Gangster – Antapal".

12 Oct – Thai-American pop singer and actor Krissada Sukosol Clapp claimed that playing the lead role of a gangster named Jod in the Thai action drama film "The Gangster – Antapal" was a dream come true for him and he was grateful for the opportunity, according to HotXpress.

This was because Krissada's acting career was not as illustrious before he landed his big role in "The Gangster – Antapal". He spent five years in New York waiting to get a role in stage plays. He even changed his career path to become a rock singer of a band, but ended up producing an album that flopped.

"I thought I could finally label myself 'actor/singer' under 'occupation' in the passport immigration forms. But then no one asked me to be in a movie for 2 years so I went back to just writing 'singer'. However our band's second album flopped! When I was asked to play a gangster in "The Gangster – Antapal", I got kids walking up to me today to shake my hand like I'm Michael Corleone," said Krissada.

"The Gangster – Antapal" is based on the real-life story of Thai gangsters in the 1950s.

The 42-year-old singer thought that the concept for "The Gangster – Antapal" was something rarely seen in Thai movies, and was thus deeply interested in the role.

"To find such drama within the action in a biographical picture doesn't happen very often. Also, roles with depth and dimension are very hard to find," he said.

He added, "I'm very lucky and grateful the role of 'Jod' came my way. And, yeah, every boy (actor or not) dreams to carry a gun and play a gangster one day. It's silly because there's no beauty in violence but that's the ugly truth in men."

Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri, "The Gangster – Antapal" was inspired by the true story of Thai gangsterism in Bangkok during the 1950s, centralised by two young gangsters named Jod and Dang, who struggle to make their living and ultimately, survive in the midst of violence and power struggles.

Cinema Online recently held a screening for the winners of our "The Gangster - Antapal" contest and we managed to catch them after the movie to ask about their thoughts on the movie!

Chong Ee Ling: "The movie is fine to me but I found that some parts of the film were quite boring. However, it is still very interesting to follow a real-life story of Thai gangsters. I would give it 3.5 stars."

Christina Lee Kay Yong: "I knew the movie is an action drama but I found it very funny to watch. The way the characters portrayed the gangsters was amusing to me. The story is okay for me; at least I didn't leave the show while it's still ongoing, but stayed until the end of the film. I'll give it 3 stars!"

"The Gangster - Antapal" is now showing in cinemas!

Cinema Online, 12 October 2012