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Part of what makes Giancarlo Esposito so chilling on Breaking Bad is his stillness.
As Gus, the fast-food entrepreneur and secret, psychopathic meth crime lord, he employs such economy in his movements, such softness in his speech, that it magnifies his ferocity by belying it. (Wait until the Season 4 premiere of the AMC series, July 17, to see just how much Esposito can do by doing almost nothing at all in one intense, savage — and utterly silent — 10 minutes of screen time.)
So when it was announced last night that he had signed on to the feature film I, Alex Cross as another crime lord, the news almost struck a note of ambivalence: It’s great news for an actor who should be utilized more often in Hollywood and has more than distinguished himself in movies such as Do the Right Thing and The Usual Suspects. But also, he has given life to one of TV’s truly unique villains.
On the other hand, would this I, Alex Cross kingpin just be another quiet, unsmiling menace? READ FULL STORY »