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

Actor Giancarlo Esposito attends the opening night of
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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