As you may have noticed, I have returned to the blog scene after a bit of a break. Earlier this month, Richmond, Va. hosted a Wizard World convention with many exciting panels. Be sure to check out my main page soon for details about the Adam West and Burt Ward panel.
Down the hall from the “Gotham” sneak peek, Giancarlo Esposito spoke to fans in his panel, “Behind the Role.” He is currently best known for his role as Gustavo “Gus” Fring from the acclaimed series, “Breaking Bad.” Esposito has also starred as villains in “Revolution” and “Once Upon a Time.”
While “Breaking Bad” seems to be his claim to widespread fame, Esposito seems tired of being recognized as Gus, as he has moved onto acting and production projects, such as those in his company, Quiet Hand Productions. “Gus is more well known than I am,” he remarks, almost with annoyance in his tone. Of course, many questions from adulating fans during the Q&A dealt with “Breaking Bad” or comments about their favorite parts of the show. Yes, Gus fans, Esposito has not discounted the possibility of taking on a “Breaking Bad” spin-off series.
The more interesting questions concerned Esposito’s attitudes toward his job as an actor and producer, as well as his favorite venue for acting. When asked about Shakespeare, he confessed that he would like to play the role of Hamlet; such a character appeals to him as he originally hails from Denmark. Esposito positively glowed as he spoke of his love of the theater, an art form that is so “visceral and immediate” with the energy and audiences. Taking on roles involves both “acting and reacting,” facets that can be impaired by the methods and shorter schedules in TV and film roles. He expressed his disapproval of actors with ego issues, emphasizing the importance of staying grounded and positive.
He admitted that many acting offers have been coming to him as of late. However, he would like to focus on his own projects, stressing that it is important to look at the big picture and to stay patient. Keeping things in perspective allows one to be available for those wonderful and unexpected opportunities, life lessons that he also wanted to impart to the audience about life in general. Overall, Esposito’s panel was rather enjoyable and one hopes he will keep sharing his insights at conventions in the future.