Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito Was Stopped and Frisked at Gunpoint

Actor Giancarlo Esposito attends the opening night of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at The Broadhurst Theatre on April 22, 2012 in New York City.
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Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the chillingly composed chicken king/drug lord Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, recently had an unpleasant run-in with the NYPD. As told by the Wrap, Esposito was leaving rehearsal for a play (in a suit!) when he was mistaken for a suspect wearing a hoodie: “After several frantic minutes — with him and officers screaming, and their guns drawn — they realized they had the wrong guy.” Then, to add insult to injury, one of the officers recognized him from Once Upon a Time. But Esposito isn’t angry: “I refuse to walk around, carrying that sack of racist crap,” he told the Wrap. “Luis Buñuel made great movies. And in all his movies there’s one old guy … who walks through the background with a big pillowcase, a sack of shit. That’s your stuff. So when I’m healing, I’m healing my stuff.” How supremely zen of him.

Gus From Breaking Bad Stopped and Frisked