Fellas We Love: Giancarlo Esposito

Once again, the subject of our latest “Fellas We Love” left me no choice but to jump in the driver’s seat and write this one my damn self. You’ll see why in a minute…

The first time I remember seeing Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito on screen, I was a young, inexperienced 14 year-old who was watching Spike Lee’s “School Daze”, and who had decided Jane (Tisha Campbell) had absolutely lost her mind when she decided it would be a good idea to lick (yes- lick) right down the center of Dean “Big Brother Al-Migh-Tee’s” part. Like on his head. All I could imagine was a mouth full of Blue Magic. Ew. Gross. Now that I’m older and wiser, I still wouldn’t go that far…but I understand. This man is fine….but I digress.

With a filmography that spans well over 5 decades, Esposito began his career in the arts at the age of 8, when he starred opposite Shirley Jones in the musical ‘Maggie Flynn”. And although many of us are more familiar with his “urban” characters: Julian in “School Daze”, Bugging Out in “Do the Right Thing”, Left Hand Lacy in “Mo’ Better Blues”, his roles on both Homicide: Life on the Street and Homicide: The Movie, Esposito has played every role from a congressman, to a doctor, to a detective, countless businessmen, to a magic mirror—because…range.

Although diehard “Breaking Bad” fans are thrilled to also see him on the show’s prequel, “Better Call Saul”, you can also catch him as CEO of Vought International in Amazon Prime’s series, “The Boys”, alongside another of our “Fellas We Love”, Laz Alonso. He’ll also be featured as the main antagonist, “El Presidente” Anton Castillo in Ubisoft’s upcoming game Far Cry 6.

The list of nominations and awards for this actor/producer/director is long, and not nearly extensive enough for us here at Fearless Black Woman, and while he already has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we are most definitely here to give this icon (a word we think gets thrown around wayyy too liberally—but which, in this case is spot on) his things. Like all of his things. And our things…but I digress…

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