Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! Yes, Mr. Capaldi turns 64 years young on April 14, and he reached pop icon status when he landed the Dr. Who role in 2013, but this Glasgow native has earned over 120 acting credits since 1982.
Peter will star in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” in Aug. 2021, and he played George Harrison in the TV Movie “John and Yoko: A Love Story” (1985), so we recommend that you check out this charismatic actor’s vast TV and film accomplishments.
To celebrate his birthday, we endorse a nifty Capaldi double feature.
“Local Hero” (1983) – Capaldi landed his big break as a supporting character in this Peter Riegert/Burt Lancaster comedy. He plays a Scottish junior executive, Oldsen, who meets a U.S. Oil official, Mac (Rieger), about a refinery opportunity. Mac is a fish out of water in Scotland, but Oldsen – a young local – is a little out of his depth too.
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“In the Loop” (2009) – Armondo Iannucci’s feature film debut is his very best. Iannucci’s satire of the British and American lead-up to The Iraq War features a hilarious ensemble cast – including Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, and James Gandolfini – and it beautifully feels like a Christopher Guest mockumentary. Capaldi might be the most memorable player of them all as the shrewd, caustic Director of Communications for the British Prime Minister. Oh, don’t mess with Malcom Tucker (Capaldi).
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Image credits: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Optimum Releasing;
Trailer credits: HD Retro Trailers, FilmTrailersChannel