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Giancarlo Esposito talks bad guys, teases big 'Revolution' cliffhanger

Nov. 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM ET

If you look in the dictionary under devilishly evil, you might well see a picture of Giancarlo Esposito. In the recent past, the Emmy-nominated actor has gone from one bad-guy role to another, starring in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” (as the unpredictable meth dealer Gustavo Fring), ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” (as Sidney Glass of Magic Mirror fame) and of course, in his current role as Major Tom Neville in NBC’s post-apocalyptic hit, “Revolution.”

So which sort of role does he really prefer to play — the rare good guys or those wicked ones he's known so well for?

“I love them both!” Esposito told The Clicker. “I think you are good and you are bad, and bad and good, and good and bad! It’s actually been really interesting, especially with Gustavo and now Tom. With each role, I find something that is redeemable but yet I find a new level of darkness.”

Esposito’s favorite evil man? “Breaking Bad’s” Gustavo.

“I feel like he was a bad guy who was in control and had the most intelligence of any character I’ve ever played," the actor explained. "I also felt like he cared about people underneath everything else. He tried to bring people to their best selves — all the chemists that worked for him and all the men that he hired. He had integrity about the way he went about his business.”

Esposito can’t wait to see more from the show that's gone on without him.

“I’m still a huge fan of ‘Breaking Bad’! It’s my favorite show on television!” he said.

Well, next to “Revolution,” of course — which he's particularly excited about.

“Are you kidding me?! I am so excited!" Esposito enthused. "We have an absolute fabulous shot to be at the forward-motion part of this new generation of television."

And he wouldn't mind seeing some forward motion for his character the show.

“I would like the Monroe Republic to be the Neville Republic,” he said.

But whether or not that's likely to happen remains a mystery — even to Esposito.

During a Thursday morning visit to TODAY, he admitted the direction of the show is being revealed to him as it comes, and he doesn't really know what the future holds. Although he had one hint to share about the near future.

"I think that there's a big cliffhanger coming which will keep our audience really on the edge of their seats," he teased.

Look for that on the Nov. 26 episode.

"Revolution" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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