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Giancarlo Esposito was ‘scheming’ his own murder before ‘Breaking Bad’ success

He intended to collapse.

Giancarlo Esposito admitted that he once found himself in such a dire financial situation that he considered suicide so his family could get insurance money.

“That’s how low I was,” the 65-year-old actor, who eventually went on to star in “Breaking Bad” and many other shows, said during a recent episode of “The Jim and Sam Show.” from SiriusXM.

Giancarlo Esposito says that before he found success with “Breaking Bad,” he once considered planning his own murder. Jim and Sam Show/YouTube
At the time, the actor was in a dire financial situation. Jim and Sam Show/YouTube
“That’s how low I was,” he said during a recent episode of SiriusXM’s “Jim and Sam Show.” Getty Images

“My idea was, ‘Hey, do you have life insurance if someone commits suicide?’ Do they receive the bread?’ “, explained Giancarlo. “My wife didn’t know why I was asking this question. I started plotting.

He thought that if he could convince someone to kill him, “death by misadventure,” as he called it, his wife and four children would benefit from the insurance.

“I wanted them to have a life. It was a difficult time in life. I literally thought about self-annihilation so they could survive,” he said.

“I had four children. I wanted them to have a life. It was a difficult time in life,” he continued. Ursula Coyote / AMC
Esposito played the role of Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad”, which ran from 2009 to 2013 and “Better Call Saul” which ran from 2017 to 2022. Ursula Coyote / AMC

“It was the first idea for me that there was a way out, but I wouldn’t be there to be available for it, nor for my children,” he added.

Ultimately, he decided he could not carry out such a plan because it would leave his family traumatized.

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“I started to think that it wasn’t sustainable because of the pain I would cause them, and that it would be lifelong – and permanent trauma that would only prolong the generational trauma that I’m trying to get over. ‘go away,’” Esposito said.

Esposito garnered three Emmy Award nominations for his role in the “Breaking Bad” universe. Getty Images
He then took on several more notable roles in shows like Disney’s “The Mandalorian” and “Parish” after the series ended in 2013. Alyssa Moran/AMC

Esposito, who shares daughters Shayne, Ruby, Kale and Syrlucia with ex-wife Joy McManigal, went on to receive three Emmy nominations for his role as Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

After the series ended in 2013, he played other notable roles in shows like “The Godfather of Harlem,” “The Boys” and “Parish.”

The “Mandalorian” actor called the Bryan Cranston-led series “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

New York Post

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