Actor Giancarlo Esposito was stopped and frisked by the NYPD in a case of mistaken identity just days before his interview with The Wrap.
Police were looking for a suspect in a hoodie, however Esposito was wearing a suit at the time. Esposito has a lengthy filmography under his belt, but he’s most known for his appearances in Spike Lee films such as School Daze and Do the Right Thing and most recently as Gus on the acclaimed series Breaking Bad.
Esposito is preparing for his role in the new television show Revolution on NBC.
Giancarlo Esposito, the actor best known for his role as meth kingpin Gus on Breaking Bad, gave an interview with The Wrap about his new show, “Revolution,” on NBC, his potential nomination for an Emmy, and about growing up the child of an Italian father and an African American mother.
Most surprising about the interview, however, was when Esposito– who you may also remember as Buggin’ Out in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing– shared the story of a recent and tense standoff with the NYPD. From The Wrap:
Days before the interview, Esposito was stopped and frisked by New York police while walking out of a theater where he was rehearsing a play. After several frantic minutes – with him and officers screaming, and their guns drawn – they realized they had the wrong guy. Their suspect had a hoodie, and Esposito was wearing a suit. When it was over, one of the officers recognized him, from his recent turn on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”
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