It was almost 20 years ago that I first got to interview Giancarlo Esposito. He was playing Detective Paul Gigante on the short-lived FOX series “Bakersfield P.D.” It was a show that didn’t really get a fair opportunity but was on the air long enough to show how strong Esposito is as an actor. Since then he’s gone on to make a variety of TV shows and movies and has always turned in amazing work.
His next TV role will be on the NBC series “Revolution.” The show deals with what happens when there’s no more electricity. Esposito plays a former office drone who relishes the new power he’s acquired as the top lieutenant for a war lord. No matter how tough the character gets, it will be able to top the evilness of his Gustavo “Gus” Fring on the AMC masterpiece “Breaking Bad.”
He’s played the role so convincingly that he’s scared a few people even when not at work.
“I was on an airplane and when I was standing in line to go to the bathroom, a woman saw men, got a panicked look and told me I could go ahead of her. I told her that she should go on but she refused,” Esposito says during an NBC party at the TV tour. “A lot of people don’t know I’m not that guy. They don’t know I’m acting.
“I like when I laugh and people are surprised because Gustavo would never be that loose. Then they know I’m acting.”
Esposito’s not certain how he feels about such reactions. On one hand, he’s a little worried that some people can’t separate him from his roles. But, he sees it as a compliment that he’s done his job so well.
If you have seen his work on “Breaking Bad,” you’ll know just how well he plays the part. It was good enough to get him an Emmy nomination this year.