Ahead of tonight’s much-salivated Breaking Bad season 4 finale, Giancarlo Esposito talks about his portrayal of Gus Fring and whether or not Gus really does have amazing Spidey-sense.
On THAT amazing parking garage scene from “End Times”
Everyone’s into that scene! [Laughs] I pay close attention to the scene direction on Breaking Bad, specifically because I fashion Gus to be a character who says very little yet says more, and I think they really caught onto that. Sometimes when young actors start in film they don’t read the scene direction because they limit your performance and tell you what to do and think, but in this case they inform me what the creators and writers are thinking, since I don’t get any information prior. But the scene direction in the parking garage describes the whole scene, that Walt is there on another rooftop although Gus does not know it. I read and understood it completely, and knew that I had to rely on my instincts to tell me what to do. Some people are talking about this “Spidey sense” Gus has — “How did he know?”
So, it WAS Gus’ Spidey-sense kicking in?
[Arriving at the hospital] my intention is to get Jesse to come back and cook; I don’t think about the car. But when he comes back [to the garage], he realizes he left no one guarding the car, so all of a sudden he looks at his car a little differently. Folks are like, “Did he see something?” No! Gus listens to his inside gut, and something is just off. He can feel a sense that someone is watching him. There’s no glare off of Walt’s glasses, he doesn’t see a f—ing thing! He just knows that there is some presence there. That’s how good this guy is.
On the challenges faced making the season premiere, “Box Cutter“:
It had its challenges, because actors love to perform and emote, and for me the whole thing about creating Gus is that I’ve had the opportunity not to emote, to go the other, “Less is more” way, to be more severely threatening with a smile. That’s real acting, and that was my challenge. [Episode] 401 was the beauty of my whole 47 years as an actor coming together, to do something that is without words and more powerful than it ever could be with words. People have said that Gus is the quintessential villain, but how do you even use that word with him because by [the flashback episode] you love him. You’re like, “Look at what he’s been through!” When people started rooting for Gus, I knew I was doing my job.
On Gus’ moral code:
You know what he believes? The business of blue meth is a business. It could be growing rice, or being the manager of a food-packaging factory…. Gus is a guy who is full of integrity and morals. You’ve got a guy who has a moral compass and the whole thing about “Box Cutter” is he killed Victor because he put the family at risk, and that’s pretty simple. He has a family of people he has to care for, whether they’re packaging peaches, making Pollos Hermanos chicken or making blue meth. He’s a regular Joe who came up through the ranks and who may have had a background in the Pinochet government, and he has more morals than many people I know in terms of the way he deals with his life.
Is Gus ‘untouchable’?
Gus is a cool, cool cucumber, not because he’s steeped in his ego about being a step ahead of everybody but because he’s been through worse than this. We see in [Episode] 10 where Max, his dearest hermano, was killed in front of his eyes, how that created who he is. Don Eladio drops the hint, “We know who you are” – meaning they can’tkill him.
He probably came out of the Pinochet government, so Don Eladio couldn’t touch him, otherwise his whole organization would go down. As an actor, I hope there’s an opportunity to one day investigate that connection and give insight about what drove Gus to be who he is.
On why Gus doesn’t turn the lights out on Tio Salamanca:
Just as he said to Walter, “I will kill your wife, your son, your infant child… I will make you suffer before I kill you,” that’s what he does to Hector. That’s Latin revenge, man! [Chuckles] They do not mess around. They want you to see every one of your people go down, knowing you’re next.
Source: TV Line