Giancarlo Esposito is a man with an extremely prolific career. Over the last ten years, he has played many characters that can be both wholesome and purely cruel. His most famous role, Gustavo Fring of Breaking Bad, made huge waves for the career of Giancarlo Esposito. Gus is one of the most talked-about characters in the series, with many lingering theories. According to him, it was something that took a lot of time to craft and put together. At LA Comic Con, Giancarlo Esposito gave insight into creating the role at his spotlight panel.
Gus Was Giancarlo’s Way of Showing a Darker Side to Normal
Giancarlo Esposito gave an impressive and moving display to LA Comic Con. As he was interviewed by close friend Johnathan London of Geekscape, he delved into his past and motivations for work. One thing he touched on from there was his place in Breaking Bad. He explained that he didn’t want to show some stereotypical bad guy with drug lord Gus. He wanted to touch on a duality, with a caring side that hides something much more sinister. Giancarlo Esposito felt Breaking Bad would benefit from the illusion of normal. He imagined a friendly neighbor vibe, then asked “what if they aren’t really like that?” He continued to say that there is a mask that people wear, and pulling that off shows the true self. With Gus, he hoped people would think about who they really are.
Breaking Bad Gave Him a Winning Formula
Since his premiere in Breaking Bad, the malicious dual character has done Giancarlo a lot of good. Fans just can’t get enough. Both Gideon of The Mandalorian and Anton Castillo of Far Cry 6 are in this vein. Giancarlo was even nominated for a Game Award this year due to his performance. He believes people want to understand themselves and loves to play these characters to help. And as a final comment, he said he loves comic conventions. The freedom and expression of fans there has always been a marvel to him! Turns out, he loves us just as much as we do him.