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Giancarlo Esposito contemplated faking his own death for life insurance

Giancarlo Esposito's revealed pre-fame financial struggles

By Web Desk
April 19, 2024
Giancarlo Espositos desperate financial situation pre-Breaking Bad.
Giancarlo Esposito's desperate financial situation pre-'Breaking Bad.'

Giancarlo Esposito during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Jim & Sam show to promote his new AMC drama series Parish, disclosed his financial struggles prior to landing his iconic role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad

The actor revealed that around 2008, he was in such dire financial straits that he contemplated arranging his own murder to provide financial security for his children through life insurance. 

Esposito's revelation sheds light on the challenging period before his breakthrough role, which ultimately transformed his career trajectory. 

Following his success on Breaking Bad, he went on to star in acclaimed series such as The Mandalorian, The Boys, and more.

During his appearance, he also shared insights into his strategies for overcoming near-bankruptcy around 2008. 

He recounted contemplating whether life insurance would cover suicide and if it could provide financial stability for his family in the event of his death. 

With four children to support, he expressed a desire to ensure their well-being, even if it meant considering extreme measures like self-annihilation. 

Esposito elaborated further on his mindset during that challenging period, acknowledging that while contemplating extreme measures like arranging his own death initially seemed like a potential solution, he ultimately realized the lasting harm it would inflict on his children.

He recognized the potential for lifelong trauma and generational suffering, leading him to dismiss the idea.

Instead, Esposito found hope in his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, which served as a beacon of opportunity during his darkest times.