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“We all go through times where we get knocked around and we have to get off the ground. I see him moving into something good, whatever it may be and with whomever it may be.”

We know Marc Anthony Samuel best from his role as gay nurse Felix DuBois on “General Hospital,” but he has been very busy working on other projects as well, including the new horror film “Savage” and “Hot Guys With Guns.” In the latter, Samuel plays Danny, an actor who gets roped into helping his ex-boyfriend solve a string of robberies. The film is like a classic buddy-cop comedy, but with gay lead characters.

Samuel spoke with Soaps.com about the film, which just finished the festival circuit, as well as how his daytime character Felix has evolved since he first stepped foot into Port Charles.

Soaps.com: What was it about the role of Danny that appealed to you?

Samuel: I have always been the guy who plays the underdogs or the ones on the periphery – the ones who don’t get to be the cool kids at the party. And that is partly how I grew up, but mostly because I have always been someone who has rooted for those types of characters. So when I saw who Danny was in the context of this culture, I knew that he was somebody who I would have a lot of rapport with.

Soaps.com: Is Danny like you in some ways?

Samuel: Every character I have ever played has something that resonates with who I am as a person, otherwise you are not very interested in it. I would even go further and say that most characters who are in film, the only reason that we as viewers can relate or enjoy who they are is because there is some semblance in their personality of who we are. And that is for everyone. But when I choose roles it is also because I can see a lot of things that are similar in me in terms of the stuff going on inside of them.

Soaps.com: How did you prep for the action and shooting scenes in this film?

Samuel: [Director] Doug [Spearman] actually had a gun handler work with us and train us on how to properly hold the firearms, how to shoot, positioning, everything. So when we were doing it, it added credibility to it. So we spent a lot of time at a gun range doing that. And it was really fascinating, some of the stuff we learned about the proper holding of the guns. And now I use it in any of the other work I do. I always remember that.

Soaps.com: How did Danny feel about working with an ex?

Samuel: Within the context of the story Danny did it begrudgingly. One, because he still has feelings for his ex. They don’t have a lack of chemistry or love for each other. They have circumstances which they have made choices about that have put them in this situation. On one hand, we have Pip who is at the behest of his mother who controls him through his trust fund, and Danny who is just choosing to do what his ex wants because he still has feelings for him. So they are both right where they want to be, they care about each other, but as long as Pip (Brian McArdle) doesn’t lose his trust fund I suppose he is going to go along with it.

Soaps.com: The film is a combination of a noir film and classic buddy flick. Was that difficult?

Samuel: It was a lot of fun. First of all, Brian [McArdle], being a friend already, we already had a dynamic so the buddy side of it was pretty much on lock. And to be able to play a film that pays homage to the noir films in a comedy style, you can’t go wrong there. That was a lot of fun and I was glad to be a part of it.