Breaking Bad will forever be considered one of the best television dramas of all time. Despite the show’s critical acclaim, former stars like Giancarlo Esposito think some of it was a bit brutal.
Yeah that’s right. Even murderous drug lord kingpin “Gustavo Fring” thinks that Breaking Bad was a little messed up from time to time.
Giancarlo Esposito talked about what it was like to film his final scene as Gus in a recently resurfaced Rich Eisen interview. Apparently Esposito and Gilligan put a ton of thought into the death of Breaking Bad’s most notorious enemy. Ultimately they decided that they wanted it to look as realistic as possible.
“I didn’t want this death to veer off into sci-fi land,’” Esposito said in the interview. “It had to be real. We had to believe it, and we agreed on that.”
After figuring out how exactly Esposito’s character was going to die, the two put in the work to make it happen. Esposito recalled having to spend several hours in the makeup chair with an artist in order to perfect Fring’s look for his final moments on screen following an explosion that would take his life.
Despite Fring’s the final scene living in television infamy, Esposito called the whole thing “extremely disturbing.” He added that he had to sit in a makeup chair for over four hours, calling the experience “very scary.” He apparently couldn’t hear or see anything as makeup artists crafted his character’s iconic final look.
Yeah, that would be pretty disturbing now that we think about it. Damn!
Guess that’s just the magic of television!