Giancarlo Esposito has revealed that he actually turned down the offer to reprise his Breaking Bad villainous character in the forthcoming Better Call Saul season 3.
Esposito admitted that he first declined to play Gus Fring once again when it was first offered to him by Sony Pictures and Better Call Saul big bosses Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. He said it took a lot of time before he was convinced to return.
The actor explained that he don’t like to repeat a character. Esposito said it would be hard to recreate a character that already made a huge impact on viewers. He added it would be very difficult to bring back Gus to life. At the end of Breaking Bad season 4, Gus had a gruesome death.
When asked about what made him say yes, Esposito confessed it was because of his love and trust to Gilligan and Gould. He told Vulture:
“It was a phone call with Vince, because I’d said no to all the other powers that be [laughs], including the head of Sony. I had to speak to Vince because I needed to know: Where does Gus, this iconic character, fit into this whole thing?”
Gus is not the only Breaking Bad character that joined the prequel. Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk) himself is a main character in the AMC hit drama. Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks ), Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), and Don Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) all appeared in Breaking Bad as well.
Lead star Bryan Cranston earlier admitted that he is willing to make a cameo appearance in Better Call Saul. Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), on the other hand, had teased that maybe he already filmed an episode for season 3.
Better Call Saul Season 3 Trailer
AMC released a brand new teaser via Entertainment Weekly that offers the first glimpse of Gus Fring. The drug kingpin appears towards the end of the teaser, showing him at the helm of his fast-food chicken empire, the Los Pollos Hermanos.
The sneak peek also shows Chuck (Michael McKean) using against Jimmy the recorded evidence he obtained. The clip shows Chuck warning Jimmy,
“Don’t think I will forget what happened here today. You will pay.”
At the end of the previous season, Jimmy confessed to Chuck that he did alter the legal documents of Mesa Verde so Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) could get them as clients. Chuck recorded their conversation. Now, he has proof that Jimmy committed a crime.
However, it looks like Jimmy will not stay long in prison. He is seen in the teaser meeting up with Mike.
Better Call Saul season 3 kicks off this April 10 at 10 p.m. in AMC.
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