Giancarlo Esposito Dreams of a Future Where He Can Do Both 'Revolution' and 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff
Revolution," in which his Major Tom Neville attempts to infiltrate the security team for the fresh-off-the-boat Patriots, who he knows dropped the bombs he assumes killed his wife. He made it very clear that he loves his gig despite the powerless future's unclean conditions, but also hopes he'll have room on his plate for more Los Pollos Hermanos should the "Breaking Bad" prequel being cooked up come to fruition.Yahoo TV caught up with Giancarlo Esposito in NBC's L.A. offices after a sneak peek screening of the third episode of "
Neville is constantly reinventing himself. He's sided with Monroe, Georgia, the rebels, himself, and now seemingly the Patriots. Does that make the character more exciting to play?
Yeah, I like that. It's not the direction I would have thought to go. I wanted to be f---ing president of Nevilleworld. But thank God it didn't happen, because what's happening is way more interesting. I feel blessed to have this. It's always new territory to mine. I'm not always playing the same note, and that's an actor's dream. He's wily, intense, intelligent, and so savvy at being a survivalist, willing to do anything to forge ahead. But he's also a father and husband and that informs what he does.
Some folks on the show are all about brute force and bravado, and while Neville holds his own in a fight, he relies more on psychology and smarts.
He's an observer who studies people. He files everything he's learned throughout his life in his mental toolbox, and it keeps growing. My mother used to say to me that you get more with sugar than with salt. Sometimes, that's true, but at others Neville knows salt is the only answer. To me, that's the guy you call when you want to get the job done. He plays the long game, and that's what he is trying to teach his son. And look out, Patriots, because he's going to use every tool in his box to expose you and avenge his wife's death. They aren't going to know what hit them.
Do you think Julia (Kim Raver) is alive?
Neville has given up hope. That's a broken man onscreen. I myself don't know what they have planned. If you don't see someone die, there's a possibility, and I certainly loved that true, pure relationship. Maybe the nanobots will save her, too.
You're an impeccable dresser and well-groomed gentleman. Have you adjusted to being so much dirtier and disheveled this season?
I am so tired of being dirty and not being able to cut my nails. I am Italian, so it is in my blood to love a fine suit, appreciate the finer things, and want to look good. I respect the way I look to respect the world around me. But when I put on those dirty costumes and let dirt accumulate under my nails, I'm immediately zapped into that future world. When I stepped into the refugee camp the first time, I thought we were doing "Of Mice and Men." It was so nasty and everyone was so dirty. It strips me of my vanity and allows me to do the work, because I'm not worried about whether my shirt needs ironing.
So far this season, the core group has been splintered in three locations. Are you excited at the inevitable regrouping?