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‘I Almost Put a Hit on Myself for Insurance Money’ – Hollywood Actor Giancarlo Esposito Reflects

Breaking Bad Actor, Giancarlo Esposito Reflects on Past Struggles

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NEW YORK, USA — Giancarlo Esposito, famed for his portrayal of Gus Fring in the critically acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” and its prequel “Better Call Saul,” recently opened up about the severe personal challenges he faced before his breakthrough role.

In a candid interview with Vulture, Esposito detailed the depths of his struggles during a period of unemployment early in his career.

Iconic: Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring in 'Breaking Bad'
Iconic: Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring in ‘Breaking Bad’

At a particularly low point, Esposito contemplated staging his own death to secure a life insurance payout for his family.

“My way out in my brain was: ‘Hey, do you get life insurance if someone commits suicide? Do they get the bread?’” Esposito recounted.

He explained his desperate thought process, saying, “I just started scheming. If I got somebody to knock me off, death through misadventure, [my kids] would get the insurance. I had four kids. I wanted them to have a life. It was a hard moment in time. I literally thought of self-annihilation so they could survive. That’s how low I was.”

Despite the darkness of those days, Esposito never followed through with his grim plans, a decision he attributes to his love and sense of duty toward his children.

The opportunity to join the cast of “Breaking Bad” emerged as a pivotal turning point, offering him not only a career resurgence but also a way out of his despair.

“That was the first inkling that there was a way out, but I wouldn’t be here to be available… to my kids,” he said.

The actor also reflected on the broader implications of such an action, considering the enduring pain and potential generational trauma it could inflict on his family.

Esposito’s role as the methamphetamine-distributing fast-food kingpin in “Breaking Bad” earned him two Emmy nominations and a lasting spot in television history.

His experiences underscore the volatile nature of acting careers and highlight the profound impact that professional opportunities can have on personal recovery and stability.

Today, Esposito’s career is flourishing, with roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

Esposito has starred in several hit series like Godfather of Harlem (2019 to present), The Boys (2019 to present), The Mandalorian (2019 – 2023), Kaleidoscope (2023), The Gentlemen (2024).

His journey from despair to success serves as a potent reminder of the transformative power of resilience and opportunity in the entertainment industry.

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