Allentown native Fred Galle is a busy man. With roles in more than a half-dozen new films, including the now-playing "Let's Be Cops," the actor never seems to stop working.
"If a movie was shot on the East Coast, I'm probably in it," Galle says.
He's teasing, but it's close to the truth. Ever since the former sales executive left the corporate world to pursue an acting career, he's racked up one dream job after another.
Next year, Galle will appear in a handful of major films, including "A Walk In The Woods," a comedy about old pals (Robert Redford, Nick Nolte) hiking the Appalachian Trail; "Selma," a Civil Rights-era docudrama starring Oprah Winfrey; "Taken 3," an action picture with Forest Whitaker; "Kill The Messenger," a true-life drama about investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner); "Loomis Fargo," an armored-car comedy co-starring Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson; and "Fast & Furious 7," the latest sequel in the action franchise.
"It's just been nonstop," says the actor who graduated from Allen High School in 1981 and lives in North Carolina. "I'm having a blast. And I think that shows on screen."
Of all of Galle's 2015 releases, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2" is likely to cause the biggest stir. In the film, due Nov. 20 next year, Galle plays a military officer in District 13.
Most of Galle's scenes were with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who played bad guy Plutarch Heavensbee. "I was one of the last actors to work with [Hoffman]," notes Galle. "He was very talented but seemed troubled. I tried to help him but you could tell he wasn't present. I knew something was off."
Galle had an easier time working with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in "Let's Be Cops," a comedy about two pals who dress up as police officers for a costume party and decide to keep up the act for a series of pranks. Galle plays an L.A. police chief who interacts with Johnson near the end of the film.
"Jake was really great," recalls Galle. "I was coming off shooting 'Anchorman 2' when I did the movie and Jake gave me the Hollywood scoop about what to expect [about being in a hit movie]."
Galle credits his years in the corporate world with giving him a grounding that few actors have. "For 27 years, I dealt with CEOs so doing a scene with Owen Wilson doesn't faze me," he says.
While acting in movies has been fun for Galle, his goal is to land a regular gig on "Saturday Night Live." Galle has already met the show's producer, Lorne Michaels, in North Carolina and has subsequently spoken to him a number of times on the phone.
"I think I have a chance [at being on the show]," Galle says. "Of course, nothing is guaranteed. But I can go anywhere in the world tomorrow. My wife and I are willing to pick up, move and go with the flow."
Amy Longsdorf is a freelance writer.
Jodi Duckett, editor
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