Giancarlo Esposito: Give me hero roles!

Actor Giancarlo Esposito was anxious about taking on a non-villain role.

The 57-year-old is no stranger to playing a baddie, with his part as drug kingpin Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in TV series Breaking Bad sending shivers down viewers’ spines.

His latest role as rebel Jorge in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes a different route though, as the character turns out to be a hero. The movie follows the original group of teenagers as they adapt to life after escaping from a dangerous labyrinth.

“I was anxious to see if I could really pull off doing something other than the villain, which I’ve done several times in the past three years; with one little break on Once Upon a Time, playing the nice guy,” Giancarlo told

“I kind of like being the guy who sweeps in and saves the day. It’s a great change of pace. When Wes [Ball, director] wanted me to do this, I needed to know whether he wanted Jorge to be funny or humorous because it’s usually the Latino or African American who has to carry a sort of comedy in the film. I thought if I could make this guy into someone that you just like and aren’t completely unafraid of, he could be unpredictable, but still maintain that likability.”

The Maze Runner franchise has been likened to The Hunger Games, with both based on books and focused on young people. However the former is setting itself aside from other film series by not splitting up the final novel, The Death Cure. Instead director Wes has stayed true to the format set up by author James Dashner, much to the delight of the cast.

“I LOVE IT! Because I hate the idea of splitting it into two and basically just milking it for all that it’s worth,” main man Dylan O’Brien, who plays Thomas in the dystopian flicks, gushed. “We’re trying to do this as old school and throwback as we can. Wes wants to direct all three movies, which is also really rare because a lot of franchises these days have someone new.”

– Cover Media