Giancarlo Esposito has been making a big name for himself, and is starting to pop up just about everywhere. Hector is rushed to the hospital, while Gus, Nacho and Arturo are summoned to a meeting with Bolsa at the Los Pollos distribution plant, where Bolsa declares that until further notice, the Salamanca operation will continue with Nacho and Arturo in charge. Walt and his partner, Jesse Pinkman, arrive at a Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant in the South Valley, but the buyer seemingly never shows up, with Jesse and Walt unaware that Gus, the restaurant manager, had been silently watching them. Gus and Max's relationship is implied to be more than business. [10], Gus arranges for Nacho to report to Mike about his activities to undermine the Salamanca organization. Walt asks Mike to let him call Jesse and convince him to come to the lab, but instead Walt tells Jesse to kill Gale. The unseen shooter was Mike, who was tracking Jimmy for Gus. All rights reserved. He brings them to Dr. Goodman's makeshift hospital Gus had previously arranged at his villa, where both receive treatment. Mike worked for Gus and is Saul's go-to guy when his clients get in sticky situations. Little is known about Gus' past, except that he was supposed to have originally come from Chile. Fring maintains a positive … Paste ranked Fring number 3 in its list of the 20 Best Characters of 2011. Knowing he was recognized at Gale's apartment, Victor fears for his life and attempts to show his continued usefulness to Gus by beginning to cook meth, which he learned how to do while guarding Walt and Jesse. Plotting his long-simmering revenge, Gus is now at war on all fronts as he attempts to build his drug empire out of view of the cartel’s prying eyes. He is also very well-known to theatre goers for his award-winning work on stage. He is immediately suspicious of Gus and surveils his restaurant and chicken farm. Gus offers to send men to do it, but Mike accepts responsibility because Werner escaped on his watch, so he shoots and kills Werner himself. In the Better Call Saul episode "Magic Man", Lalo Salamanca refers to a mysterious incident involving Gus which took place in Santiago. Born with cerebral palsy, Walter White, Jr. is Walter and Skyler's teenage son. Giancarlo Esposito is an American actor who plays Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Badger is one of Jesse's stoner friends and a street dealer. The Breaking Bad episode "Hermanos" shows that Gus and his long-time friend Maximino Arciniega started Los Pollos Hermanos as a front to sell methamphetamine that Max "cooked". The company is a subsidiary of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, a multinational company based in Germany which has ownership stakes in multiple subsidiaries. In the Better Call Saul episode "Piñata", Gus tells a comatose Hector a story about a coati that ate the fruit from a lúcuma tree Gus tended during his childhood in Chile. Gus appears to acquiesce to the Cartel profit-sharing demands, but in Mexico he poisons the Cartel's leader, Don Eladio, and several capos. From Gus Fring to Moff Gideon, Giancarlo Esposito Loves Playing Intimidating Characters With two Emmy nominations in the same year, the in-demand and versatile character actor is … Gus visits and asks Mike to join his organization, saying that he wants Mike with him because Mike understands his need for revenge. The actor's turn as the villainous Gus Fring, on both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is nothing short of iconic. After unsuccessfully attempting to enlist Jesse in aiding him to kill Gus, Walt poisons Andrea's son Brock and convinces Jesse Gus is responsible. Giancarlo Esposito is an Italian-American director and actor, well known for his appearance as Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC show Breaking Bad.For portraying the role of Gus Fring, the actor won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards.. Esposito was born on 26th April 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The villa serves as the residence for Dr. Barry Goodman, and contains a fountain which is dedicated to Max. [16] Initially, Giancarlo Esposito was offered a character that was described to him as "very admirable, very polite", and he decided to play that character as if he had "some kind of a secret". Lalo confirms the impurity of the cocaine in a visit to Salamanca street dealers. Mike works under an assumed name to secretly point the police towards Lalo for the murder of Fred the money wire store clerk. Gus works with Mike to plan construction of an underground meth "superlab" under an industrial laundry he owns, using a design provided by chemist Gale Boetticher. 1 Gus Fring – Breaking Bad People may not know Giancarlo Esposito by name as they know of Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, or Samuel Jackson, but they know his award-winning character and Rolling Stone’s choice of the seventh-best greatest television characters of all-time, Gustavo “Gus” Fring. Gus Fring is the owner of a chain of fast-food chicken restaurants, Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) located across the southwest United States with his flagship restaurant in Albuquerque and the firm's chicken farm and distribution center at the outskirts of the city. Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an American and Italian actor who portrayed Gideon in the Disney+ live-action TV series The Mandalorian.He is best known for his role as Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad. Walt persuades Gus to reconsider his decision, promising that he will never have to deal with Jesse and that their product will earn him enormous returns. Giancarlo Esposito has said that he has an idea for a Breaking Bad spinoff based on his character in the show. Gus hires a doctor to oversee Hector's recovery. A Chilean-American, Fring is a major methamphetamine distributor in the Southwestern United States who uses several legitimate businesses, including a chain of successful fast food fried chicken restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) and an industrial laundryfacility called Lavanderia Brillante, as fronts for a vast drug operation. Gus provides him Gale Boetticher, the talented chemist who set up the superlab, to help cook, but Walt needs to placate Jesse after Hank assaults him, so he convinces Gus to bring Jesse back as his assistant. Gus initially resists overtures from Walt, calling him unprofessional for partnering with Jesse – a junkie. With the DEA beginning to connect Gale's death to Gus, Gus fires Walt and threatens to kill Walt's family if he retaliates or informs. Marie is Skyler's sister and the wife of DEA agent Hank Schrader. When Lalo goes to investigate, Nacho opens the gate and flees. In a recent interview with Collider, Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad, said he's working on a big new video game project. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make "conscious content" films that focus on the inspirational. Lalo escapes the house through a hidden tunnel, then sneaks back in and kills all but one gunman. Gus offers the job to Werner Ziegler after being impressed by Werner's forthright description of the difficulty and risk. [3] As mentioned in the Better Call Saul episode "JMM", Gus and Peter, the CEO of Madrigal Electromotive, had a shared experience in Santiago that Gus reminds Peter of to calm him when Peter panics over Lalo's attacks on Gus' business. Gustavo Fring is a fictional character from the television series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. Mike Ehrmantraut is the only person other than Don Eladio who might know something more about Fring's background. Gus immigrated to Mexico in the 1980s during the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet,[2] and in a flashback during the Breaking Bad episode "One Minute", Hector mockingly refers to him as "Grand Generalissimo", implying that Gus had a connection to the Pinochet regime. Tyrus and Victor make Arturo's death and a violent attack on Nacho look like the work of the Espinosas, while Victor sells the drugs from Nacho's car to them. Lalo is awake at 3 a.m. so Nacho sets a kitchen fire as a distraction. Without knowing what that secret was, Esposito understood the potential Gus had as a growing character, therefore rejecting offers for guest appearances and insisting on becoming a series regular. 1 Bio 2 Appearances 2.1 Breaking Bad 2.2 Better Call Saul 3 Video 4 Trivia 5 External links Giancarlo Esposito was born in Denmark to an Italian father and African-American mother. When the car breaks down, Jimmy and Mike take the money and walk cross-country to avoid the surviving gunman. Before Jesse can kill them himself, Walt runs them over with his car and tells Jesse to flee. Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke and The Last Holiday. Jesse learns that drug dealers who work for Gus were responsible for the death of Tomás, the young brother of Jesse's girlfriend Andrea. [4] He also left it ambiguous as to whether Gus and Max were lovers, but stated "I personally think Max was more than just a friend to Gus. Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to an Italian carpenter/stagehand father from Naples, Italy, and an African-American opera singer mother from Alabama. [8][9], Mike spends several weeks feeling depressed over Werner's death and drinks to excess. Actor Giancarlo Esposito plays the primary antagonist in the upcoming sixth main entry in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series of open-world first-person shooter games. Instead, he asks for assistance laundering the $250,000 he stole from one of Hector's trucks, which Gus provides by arranging for Madrigal Electromotive to hire Mike as a contracted security expert and pay him monthly consulting fees. Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. Giancarlo Esposito, Actor: Breaking Bad. Jimmy uses the information to accuse police of witness tampering, enabling him to win a motion to release Lalo on bail. Giancarlo Esposito, known for portraying Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, has a great spinoff idea for his memorably villainous character. [7] Gus agrees and on the night of the transfer he tensely waits as Victor and Diego make sure that the DEA and local police seize nearly a million dollars but find no leads to Gus. Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). He is also a DEA agent. [26], Although the character of Gus Fring and Esposito's performance have generally been well received by critics, some native Spanish speakers have criticized the actor's stilted and unnatural accent when speaking Spanish. Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke and The Last Holiday. The attempt on Hank's life leads to a large-scale crackdown on the cartel, and Juan Bolsa is killed. One of these projects, This is Your Death, is an unflinching look at reality TV. In the Better Call Saul episode "Sabrosito", Hector suggests that Gus and Max, "The Chicken Brothers", might be better referred to as "The Butt Brothers", insinuating that they are homosexual. Little is known about Gus' past, except that he came from Chile and was connected to Madrigal Electromotive GmbH. Nacho receives a call instructing him to leave Lalo's back gate open at 3 a.m. Nacho asks for Lalo's family to be spared. The Cartel retaliates by hijacking Gus's delivery trucks and killing one of his men. His long list of Broadway credits includes Sacrilege, Seesaw, Merrily We Roll Along and Lost in the Stars, to name a few. When Mike refuses, Walt kills him. [28] The series won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2017. [13], Jimmy and Mike eventually make their way to a truck stop, where Tyrus and Victor pick them up. When Gus returns home, he and Nacho preserve Nacho's role as the mole in the Salamanca organization by destroying Gus's restaurant. Lalo says he intends to return to Mexico in order to avoid the scrutiny of police and prosecutors. In a meeting with Lalo and Juan Bolsa, Gus falsely claims that Werner Ziegler was working under Mike's supervision to construct a chilling system for Gus's chicken farm, and that Werner fled after stealing cocaine. With construction behind schedule, Werner misses his wife and effects an escape to rendezvous with her. During the party at Eladio's house to celebrate their rapprochement, Gus tricks Eladio and most of the other cartel leaders into drinking from a poisoned bottle of tequila. Cool, calculating, and ruthless, he builds up a vast drug empire. Gus is impressed by Jesse's mettle, and has Mike involve him in more work outside the lab. Jane is Jesse's landlady and girlfriend and also a recovering drug addict. All but one are killed, and the survivor gets away in the only attacker's vehicle that is still drivable. Jimmy tells Lalo he was alone and walked after his car broke down so that he would not put the money at risk. After responding to a viral tweet featuring some of his most prominent roles on screen, Esposito spoke to HuffPost about portraying Fring, the possibility of a prequel series, his collaborator Spike Lee and what’s next. Esposito, who famously played the dreaded drug kingpin Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, is playing a similar character in the game. Giancarlo Esposito is an American actor and director. [6], Gus coerces Nacho into providing inside information on the Salamancas. A Chilean-American, Fring is a major methamphetamine distributor in the Southwestern United States who uses several legitimate businesses, including a chain of successful fast food fried chicken restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) and an industrial laundry facility called Lavanderia Brillante, as fronts for a vast drug operation. He was a man of few words, completely unaffected by the trials of running an operation that traffics in murder and deception. They approached don Eladio Vuente, the leader of the cartel, with an offer to expand their drug trade with cartel help, which Eladio declines because the cartel prefers to continue distributing cocaine. “Better Call Saul” is coming back for a sixth and final season, but if series star Giancarlo Esposito has his way, the hit crime drama won’t mark the last time his Gustavo Fring character appears on the small screen. I think they probably were lovers."[5]. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. When Nacho and Arturo arrive at the chicken farm to pick up their next shipment, Gus suffocates and kills Arturo, and tells Nacho that he knows what Nacho did, and unless Nacho follows his orders, he will inform the Salamancas. He also … Eladio spares Gus but forces him to cooperate with the cartel on Eladio's terms. Gus informs the cartel that once Walt is done with his three months, they will be free to kill him. The character Gustavo Fring is named after the former German international footballer Torsten Frings. [20] Moments before dying, Gus manages to calmly adjust his tie even after having half his face blown off. Mike escorts engineers through the laundry and questions them about their ability to construct the lab as Gus secretly listens in. Esposito's other film credits include outstanding performances in SherryBaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club. In "Hermanos", Eladio says that when he ordered Max killed, he spared Gus because of his unstated but apparently powerful connection to Chile. Esposito has portrayed evil drug lord Gustavo Fring in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, so, obviously, he has some thoughts as to his character's headspace.The actor … [19] The loss of Max contributed to Gus's evolution into a ruthless criminal; he stops at nothing to avenge Max's death, including the gradual killing of Hector's entire family. Mike tracks Werner to a money wire store and then to a nearby resort. Skinny Pete is one of Jesse's stoner friends and a street dealer. Dr. Barry Goodman tends to Mike's wounds and Mike stays to heal. [23], For his portrayal of Gus, Esposito won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards and was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He later attempts to pay Mike, but Mike refuses the money. Lalo is surrounded by police and arrested. In this clip from Overheard, actor Giancarlo Esposito talks about his famous character Gus Fring from the hit series Breaking Bad. With the new transport agreement in place, Nacho and Arturo Colon arrive at the Los Pollos Hermanos warehouse and farm to pick up a drug shipment, and Nacho attempts to strong-arm his way into taking six kilos instead of the agreed-upon five. Before Gus administers the shot, Hector suddenly turns to face him, stares at him intently and repeatedly rings the bell on his wheelchair. Panicked, Walt recovers the bomb and hides at his home. Walt explains to Gus that this was just a "hiccup" in their agreement. Gus instead steers them toward DEA Agent Hank Schrader but also tips off Hank about the attack. The gunmen are suddenly attacked by an unknown shooter. After a night in the desert, Mike kills the surviving gunman and Jimmy and he resume walking. Gus has a mysterious background; "Gustavo Fring" is established as an alias, as neither the DEA nor Gus' enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut can find any records about him prior to his arrival in Mexico. Jesse is apprehensive, but the offer is a ruse. In the Better Call Saul episode "Magic Man", Lalo Salamanca discusses Gus with Juan Bolsa and refers to Max as Gus's boyfriend. Gus is also a drug kingpin, distributing Walt's blue meth throughout the Southwest. Fring maintains a positive public image; he is a booster for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), befriending the special agent in charge and making large donations to the Albuquerque office's civic and charitable events. Lalo Salamanca arrives to oversee the Salamanca drug business. As he starts his return trip, he is cut off by several gunmen who take the money and prepare to kill him. Some critics have compared Gus to Barack Obama, with the character's deliberate juxtaposition as a Black person to be an allegory to white America's alleged dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. He's the quintessential shady lawyer. Giancarlo Esposito’s Gustavo “Gus” Fring is a fictional powerful drug lord who appears in ‘Breaking Bad’ (2009-11) and its prequel series ‘Better Call Saul’ (2017-present). Gus' popularity, as well as his importance to the series' development, made room for possible "flashback" type appearances in future episodes,[4][22] but that idea did not come to fruition until 2017 when Gus was brought back for season 3 of Better Call Saul. He falls to the floor and dies. Gus appears to notice Nacho's actions, but says nothing. Gustavo Fring is a fictional character from the television series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. Knowing that the security camera recordings stored on Gus' laptop can incriminate them, Walt, Jesse, and Mike use an electromagnet outside the police station to destroy the computer and its hard drive while it is in the police evidence room. Walt initially refuses, but Gus eventually convinces Walt that he should cook for his family's financial security. Jesse cooks a superior batch of meth and Gus offers to have him stay in Mexico and work for the cartel. Mike fears Hector will learn that Mike arranged for Tuco's imprisonment and is concerned that Hector will retaliate against Stacey and Kaylee. Todd is Walt's former lab assistant whose uncle's prison connections prove invaluable. The comparisons between Castillo and Esposito’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” character Gustavo Fring seem inevitable, as they resemble each other in both ruthlessness and accent. He secretly swaps Hector's angina medication for a placebo, hoping to induce a fatal heart attack. Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 4 ». Gus Fring is the owner of a fast food chicken restaurant and a major meth distributor. Nacho falsely identifies the Espinosas to the Cousins, who massacre the Espinosas to recover the "stolen" drugs before returning to Mexico to avoid the authorities. Mike takes Jesse out of the lab to help pick up dead drops and carry out other tasks, and arranges for Jesse to foil a pre-planned attack on him, which boosts Jesse's confidence and increases his sense of loyalty to Mike and Gus. Gus orders Hector's treatment halted after he has regained movement in his right index finger, leaving his recovered mind trapped in his unhealed body. Juan reminds Lalo that Gus enjoys the trust of Don Eladio, and indicates that Lalo should let the matter drop. Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training with Gus Fring, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, "Vince Gilligan of 'Breaking Bad' Talks About Ending the Season, and the Series", "Breaking-Bad-Schurke nach deutschem Trainer benannt", "How Giancarlo Esposito Forced 'Breaking Bad' to Get Even Better", "Breaking Bad: 15 Things You Never Knew About Gus Fring", "Gus Fring Speaks: Giancarlo Esposito on 'Breaking Bad's' Most Memorable Villain", "Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan talks about That Scene from the season finale", "Interview: Talking Gus Fring with Giancarlo Esposito", "Does Television Spanglish Need a Rewrite? The loss of Max also cultivated Gus's desire to create a new "family" by empowering his meth empire, as well as the chicken restaurants. Tuco is a meth distributor known for extreme violence. Walt and Gus's relationship deteriorates after Walt kills two of Gus's dealers to protect Jesse, who in turn kills Gale, the only other person who knows Walt's formula, so that Gus will need Walt to cook. [14], As Gus oversees cleanup and rebuilding of the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant that was burned down, Mike informs him that Lalo has returned to his home in Chihuahua, and that Nacho is with him. The killings avenge the death twenty years earlier of Gus's beloved friend and first meth partner, Max Arciniega, at the hands of Tio Salamanca, Tuco's uncle. Gus offers to continue paying Mike during the delay, but Mike declines out of frustration over Gus's seeming lack of compassion for Werner. Mike, Walt, and Jesse partner in a new meth business, with Mike continuing to pay Gus' former employees out of his share of the profits in order to assure their continued silence. Gus says he has sent gunmen to kill Lalo, and that Nacho may be able to help. [29], Fictional character in the television drama series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Mike briefs Gus on the events in the desert, and Gus realizes the attack was ordered by Juan Bolsa to protect Gus's business. The next day, Mike makes a veiled warning to Werner that Gus will have him killed if he makes the same mistake again, and Werner acknowledges that he understands. Gustavo "Gus" Fring ... Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades. Nacho reports the plan to Gus, who plans to cancel the drops, but Nacho advises that this will reveal a mole within the Salamanca organization. The continuing investigation into Gus' death reaches his restaurant business and the destroyed superlab, which Walt and Jesse burned after Gus died. [18], The humanity of Gus's personality played an integral role in his development. With two Emmy nominations in the same year, the in-demand and versatile character actor is having the time of his life. Gus arranges for Nacho to take cocaine of inferior quality when picking up the Salamanca's drugs at Los Pollos Hermanos. The company currently has four other projects in development, in which Esposito plans to direct, produce and co-star. Returning from Mexico, Gus shows Tio proof that Don Eladio is dead and gloats that Jesse killed Tio's grandson, ending the Salamanca family line. Chemistry teacher Walter White learns he has cancer and becomes a meth manufacturer. When Gustavo Fring was introduced in the second season of Breaking Bad, he was a quiet, humble manager of a fast-food chain with vague ties to the largest meth-distribution ring in the southwestern United States. Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 3 » Instead, Eladio had Hector Salamanca kill Max for selling meth in cartel territory without permission. The police recover the account numbers and access codes for the offshore accounts Gus previously set up to pay his employees for their silence and seize the accounts. Gus anonymously warns Hank about the pending attack, enabling Hank to kill Marco and critically injure Leonel, despite becoming nearly paralyzed from the waist down. If the show doesn't go ahead then we will all have to wave goodbye to Gus Fring when the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul debuts. [12], Jimmy drives to a remote desert location to pick up the bail money from The Cousins. ("Hermanos") According to Gus himself, he spent his childhood living in extreme poverty and hunger, living in a shack with his siblings in the hills near a village. Now he faces his most formidable opponent — the relentless Lalo Salamanca. He is also the host of The Broken and the Bad. While reviewing Hector's medical records, Gus realizes there is no nitroglycerin in Hector's system, meaning Nacho tried to kill him. Lalo accepts Gus's cover story and apology, but remains suspicious. Realizing his own life was at stake, Walt agrees to continue cooking in the superlab for an extended period for $15 million with Jesse aiding him, but Gus is still concerned about Jesse's loyalties. Gus is pleased with the quality of Walt's blue meth, and offers him $3 million for three months of his time to cook more in a high-tech "superlab" hidden under an industrial laundry that Gus owns. He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.[1]. Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 2 » He then forces the survivor to call the middleman who arranged the killing and report that Lalo is dead.[15]. Walt realizes this later, and arranges a second meeting with only himself and Gus. Leonel and Marco Salamanca (the Cousins) arrive to watch over Hector. Jesse is no longer loyal to Walt and refuses to serve as his protector. 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