Giancarlo Esposito, widely recognized as the menacing villain from “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” recently revealed his harrowing personal struggles before he achieved fame, Foxnews reports. During a candid conversation on the “Jim and Sam Show” podcast, Esposito shared how financial despair once drove him to consider suicide as a means to secure his family's future.

Dark Days Before Stardom

Before his breakthrough role as Gustavo Fring, Esposito faced severe financial difficulties that led him to file for bankruptcy. The pressure of providing for his four children weighed heavily on him, pushing him to contemplate desperate measures. “I had four kids. I wanted them to have a life,” Esposito explained, revealing the depth of his despair during those challenging times.

The idea of suicide initially seemed like a potential solution for ensuring his family could benefit from his life insurance policy. Esposito recounted the dark thoughts that crossed his mind, pondering whether his family would receive the insurance payout if he took his own life. His wife, knowledgeable about the intricacies of insurance due to her father's background in the industry, warned him of the complications involved.

Driven by desperation, Giancarlo Esposito even considered arranging his own murder to make it appear as an accident, hoping it would guarantee a payout. However, he soon recognized the irreversible pain and trauma such a decision would inflict on his loved ones, concluding that it was not a viable option. “The pain I would cause them would be lifelong, and lifelong trauma that would just extend the generational trauma with which I’m trying to move away from,” he admitted.

Breakthrough and Redemption

Esposito's fortunes began to turn with a guest spot on “Breaking Bad.” What started as a temporary role eventually became his career-defining performance, earning him widespread acclaim and a more stable financial situation. He recalled how he initially turned down a binding contract to keep his options open, a decision that paid off as his character became central to the series.

His role as Gustavo Fring brought him not only financial relief but also a renewed sense of purpose and connection to his work. Esposito shared how the character's iconic status changed his career trajectory, though he remains mindful of the typecasting that often follows such a definitive role. “Once you play a quintessential bad guy, who then becomes iconic, then people want or expect that. And I like to switch it up with every role I play,” he said, emphasizing his desire to explore diverse characters.

Currently, Esposito stars in the AMC series “Parish,” where he plays Gracián ‘Gray' Parish, a former getaway driver turned family man. This new role allows him to navigate the complex territory between good and evil, offering him the nuanced challenges he seeks in his acting career.

Esposito's journey from financial instability to television stardom highlights the unpredictable nature of the entertainment industry and the personal resilience required to navigate its peaks and valleys. His openness about such a sensitive topic sheds light on the pressures actors face behind the scenes, even as they achieve on-screen success.