Giancarlo Esposito Turned Down Breaking Bad Role

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March 6, 2014 | 7:26am EST

Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito nearly missed out on the chance to be a part of the hit drama as he initially turned down his role as a drug kingpin.
The Usual Suspects actor won critical acclaim for his role as Gus Fring, a drug overlord who runs his business through a fried chicken chain, after joining the cast in the second season, scooping a Critics’ Choice Award and an Emmy nomination.
However, Esposito has now revealed he initially declined the role when he was offered it by creator Vince Gilligan, as he feared his character would be killed off too quickly.
He says, “I didn’t know the show at the time. I asked to see an episode and was really impressed with the quality and the writing. At that point, I had done so many guest spots in my life I wanted to be part of a family. I wasn’t in the market for another guest spot. And I guess, because I’m more seasoned, the attitude I took was that I will be dedicated to your show and I feel I can add to your show long term, but you have to show me dedication, too. And they responded to that.”
Esposito became a cast regular and starred in three seasons of the drug drama.