INTERVIEW: Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)

Published on, Apr 2017

‘I Deserve My Own Show’: ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Giancarlo Esposito Wants A Gus Fring Spin-off

Portraying one of the most compelling TV villains of all time, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito is hoping for a Gustavo Fring spin-off series following his stint on Better Call Saul.

With Fring making his highly anticipated entrance to prequel Better Call Saul this past week, Esposito told The Music he doesn’t want to “stand on the sidelines anymore”.

“I’d like to have [a Gus spin-off] happen,” Esposito said.

“At this point, it’s a pipedream of mine…a limited edition six or 13 episode special on the rise of Gus would be enough for me.

“It would have to be rich and interesting and have a wonderful cast and great writers. I don’t want to stand on the sidelines anymore, I love the characters I portray, I love being part of the show and I think we should all enjoy the ride while I’m here.

“At this point in my life, I have a lot of talent and I want to work; I don’t want to hold back anymore and I deserve and feel like it’s time for me to have a show of my own, whatever that is.”

Esposito said the viability of that depends on how long Fring is in the Better Call Saul universe for, and then whether or not creator Vince Gilligan, Sony and AMC are interested in such a show

“I brought it up with Vince and I didn’t get much of a rise out of him in regard to that because I think he already knew it would either be Saul after Breaking Bad or it would be a show about Gus, whether it had that title or not.

“I believe he thought he knew more and was well down the road with Bob Odenkirk. He knew more about Saul – he hadn’t developed his ideas in regard to what Gus was doing before.”

Better Call Saul is now streaming via Stan.