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Characters: Running Scared

Running Scared

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The Gazelle Family


Joey Gazelle

Played By: Paul Walker

A low-level criminal working for the Perello mob.
  • And That Little Boy Was Me: Joey relates to Oleg in telling a story about a young boy who "Mark Mc Gwires the fucking living shit" out of his abusive father to the point of the father being "neutralized". Putting that and the fact Joey lives an elderly man, Joey was relating to Oleg's life and how bad his family is, and also wanting him to live normally for a good couple of more years rather then suffer to his father.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With Oleg.


Teresa Gazelle

Played By: Vera Farmiga

Joey's wife.


Nicky Gazelle

Played By: Alex Neuberger

Joey and Teresa's young son.


Pops Gazelle

Played By: Jan Kohout

Joey's father.

The Perello Mob


Frankie Perello

Played By: Arthur J. Nascarella

The head of the Perello Mob.
  • Affably Evil: Frankie actually comes across as very reasonable and genial much of the time.
  • Badass Frankie doesn't just walk the walk, he talks the talk as seen in his brutal fight with his Russian counterpart, Ivan.


Tommy ‘Tombs’ Perello

Played By: Johnny Messner

The psychotic son of Frankie Perello.
  • Large Ham: Johnny Messner is quite clearly having the time of his life playing Tommy as a psychotic, barely-sane sadist who chews through the scenery.
  • N-Word Privileges: Assumes them towards white people. Tommy is a weird guy.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every other word out of Tommy's mouth is a casual curse.


Sal ‘Gummy Bear’ Franzone

Played By: Michael Cudlitz

One of Tommy's henchmen.

The Russians


Ivan Yugorsky

Played By: John Noble

The leader of the Russian mafia and Anzor's uncle.


Anzor Yugorsky

Played By: Karel Roden

A Russian meth-head and Oleg's abusive father.
  • Sanity Slippage: He was already batshit insane, but by the end of the film he disconnects completely from reality.


Mila Yugorsky

Played By: Ivana Milčević

A former prostitute and Anzor's much-abused wife.


Oleg Yugorsky

Played By: Cameron Bright

The young son of Anzor Yugorsky who comes into possession of a valuable gun.

Other Characters


Det. Rydell

Played By: Chazz Palminteri

A corrupt cop also on the trail of the missing gun.

    Dez & Edele 

Dez & Edele Hansel

Played By: Bruce Altman & Elizabeth Mitchell

A married pair of pedophiles who abduct Oleg along with two other children.



Played By: David Warshofsky

A violent pimp who has a violent encounter with Oleg and winds up in possession of the gun.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Lester considers himself a 'mack daddy pimp'. Joey and Divina think he's pathetic.



Played By: Idalis DeLeon

A prostitute working for Lester whom Oleg encounters.

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