It was quite strange for fans of Breaking Bad to see Giancarlo Esposito beaming and embracing Aaron Paul at the Emmys on Sunday night, not to mention speaking warmly about his daughters and opera-singing mother on Leno last night. We’re a little more comfortable seeing him go from chicken/meth magnate Gus Fring to insurance-adjuster-turned-militia-baddy Capt. Tom Neville on Revolution. And it turns out, Esposito seems to like it that way. There are certain perks to having the general public scared of you.
“I was on an airplane recently and I got up to go to the bathroom, and a woman spotted me and she started to get tight as I got toward her,” Esposito told Leno. “And then she hit the wall, literally hit the wall and said, ‘No, you go before me, Gus.’ And I said, ‘No,no,no,no, you’ve been waiting in line.’ And she said, ‘No, Gus, it’s really ok.’ They call me by my character name, they call me sir. And she would not move until I went into the bathroom. And when I came out, she was gone.”
We wonder if he’ll still have that same effect now that Leno also showed the public his appearance as Big Bird’s camp counselor on Sesame Street?