Giancarlo Esposito On Gus Fring, 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police : Pop Culture Happy Hour Giancarlo Esposito has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies — from several of Spike Lee's early films, to his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In this interview from Bullseye, Esposito talks about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.
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Giancarlo Esposito On Gus Fring, 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

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Giancarlo Esposito On Gus Fring, 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

Giancarlo Esposito On Gus Fring, 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

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Giancarlo Esposito portrays Gustavo "Gus" Fring on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures hide caption

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Giancarlo Esposito portrays Gustavo "Gus" Fring on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad.

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Since he first appeared on Broadway at 8 years old, actor Giancarlo Esposito has appeared in dozens of stage productions, TV shows, and movies, including many of Spike Lee's early films — perhaps most notably, as Buggin' Out in Do the Right Thing. More recently, Esposito has gotten a lot of acclaim for playing Gus Fring, a mild-mannered, but intense owner of a restaurant franchise who moonlights as a massively influential drug kingpin on Breaking Bad. Esposito reprises his two-time Emmy nominated role in Better Call Saul, which just wrapped up its fifth season. In this interview from Bullseye, Esposito talks about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we'll talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.

This interview originally aired on Bullseye from Maximum Fun and NPR.