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Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Americannote  actor of part Italian, part African-American descent active in film and television since the age of six. He's been seen in films such as Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, Malcolm X, Maximum Overdrive, Trading Places and King of New York. He is also a familar face on television with regular and recurring roles on Homicide: Life on the Street, Once Upon a Time and Revolution. He is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Chilean-American drug kingpin Gustavo 'Gus' Fring on the hit series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He has four daughters with his ex-wife, Joy McManigal.


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  • Ambiguously Brown: He's played Hispanic and African characters. And then you have Gus, who is Chilean. Esposito is actually African-American through his mother and Italian (Neapolitan) through his father (although this could match some real Chileans' ethnic background).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Esposito, who is Italian-American, plays characters in Do the Right Thing and Godfather of Harlem who are incredibly hostile towards Italians.
  • Plays Great Ethnics: His earlier roles has him usually playing black guys, while his later ones (especially after Breaking Bad) are usually Hispanic.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: By way of Retroactive Recognition.
  • Star-Making Role: Gustavo Fring from Breaking Bad more or less made him a household name.
  • The Stoic: His intense, ominous, blank stare is famous for being able to terrify other characters and the audience. It's practically his signature move.
  • Typecasting: Ever since Breaking Bad he seems to take a lot of roles where he's some sort of stoic criminal mastermind or Evil Overlord. And if it's a work with superpowers involved, he'll almost always play the Badass Normal.
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    • In Payday 2 his role is literally just an Expy of Gus Fring, only he runs a legitimate dentist business as his front for criminal activity, instead of being a fast food chain owner.
    • The Mandalorian has him basically playing Gus Fring as an Expy of Grand Moff Tarkin, with a little Darth Vader Clone thrown in for good measure.
    • In Far Cry 6 his role as Anton Castillo, "El Presidente" of a Cuba Expy, the tropical island of Yara. evokes Gus Fring as he seeks to cement "paradise" in his country via a brutal dictatorship involving creating and selling an anti-cancer drug on the global market and using the enslaved population to help create it, naturally inviting resistance from local guerilla forces.
    • Giancarlo voices Lex Luthor in Harley Quinn (2019), though unlike the other roles above, he's more Affably Evil with a cool demeanor, rather than outright calm and calculating at all times.
    • Definitely plays an evil live-action Expy of Lex Luthor in The Boys, who can intimidate the Superman expy and his superteam like children.
    • In DuckTales (2017), he voices the Phantom Blot.
    • A variant in Okja: he's an intelligent and suave Corrupt Corporate Executive, but as The Dragon to Nancy Mirando, quietly working against her sister Lucy.

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  • 2014 PAYDAY 2 as The Dentist, a contractor for the gang.
  • 2021 Far Cry 6 as "El Presidente" Anton Castillo, dictator of the island country of Yara.
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