Gustavo Fring Actually Did Turn Up At The Los Pollos Hermanos Store
A few weeks ago it was revealed that a real life Los Pollos Hermanos would be opened to celebrate the restaurant's return in the series Better Call Saul.
A pop-up version of the chicken joint was set up at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul Goodman in the series, was set to do an interview at the restaurant, while people could order some fine chicken that is raved about on Breaking Bad, and new-to-the-menu curly fries.
Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gustavo Fring, the owner of Los Pollos Hermanos, was rumoured to make an appearance at the temporary store, though nothing was set in stone.
As it turns out, Giancarlo did make an appearance, strolling through the place he uses as a front for the biggest methamphetamine distributor in the states.
Now were all too fucking excited to have him back on our screens for the third season of AMC's Better Call Saul.
Despite Gus being one of the best characters in Breaking Bad, and Giancarlo making the character his own, originally he didn't want to reprise the role.
"My reaction was 'No'," he told Vulture. "It's like when you make a really good soufflé. You know what I mean? It's very, very difficult to have it rise without falling and also have it be remarkable. So for me to try to re-create that soufflé without it falling was almost impossible."
Though he felt this way, Vince Gilligan managed to convince him, and for that, we're very grateful.
"I don't like to repeat myself. I try to always be original in my work. So to come back and create a character I'd already created was difficult," he said. "It was a phone call with Vince [that convinced me], because I'd said no to all the other powers that be, including the head of Sony. I had to speak to Vince because I needed to know: Where does Gus, this iconic character, fit into this whole thing?"
In the beginning, Los Pollos Hermanos was owned by Gustavo Fring and Max Arciniega, whom Fring rescued from the slums of Santiago. Fring then paid for Arciniega to study degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Santiago in Chile. The pair then moved to Mexico to open their first restaurant where Max cooked the chicken, and Gus handled the business.
They began to also use Max's degrees by cooking crystal meth alongside the chicken, handing out free samples to get recognition. Shortly after approaching the Juárez Cartel in order to seek partnership in selling their product, Max was shot in the head by Hector 'Tio' Salamanca, forcing Gus to flee to America and set up both his chicken and drug empire there.
Prior to his death at the hands of his former employee Walter White, Gus had 14 chicken shops.
Bryan Cranston, just like all of us, has not been shy about him being a fan of the spin-off show, and has even said that he'd definitely be up for making an appearance. However, there's a catch. There's always a fucking catch.
Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show last year, Bryan revealed that he'd love to appear on Better Call Saul, but would hate to be clued in on all the spoilers, ruining the show for him as a fan.
He said: "I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role. I was the guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle.
"If they were to call me and say, 'We have this idea, we'd like...,' I would say, 'Yes, you don't have to finish the pitch. I'm there, what do you want me to do?'.
Credit: The Rich Eisen Show
"I'm a fan of the show and in order to direct, I need to know what no fan knows; and there's a part of me that says that would kind of kill it for me as a fan to peek behind the curtain, so I don't know if I am or not."
Sacrifice the spoilers Bryan, we all need some fresh Walter White in our lives. If Skyler could be kept out of it though, that'd be great. She became far too annoying.
Anyway, I'm sure all of us are off to watch the entire box set of Breaking Bad, as well as the first two seasons of Better Call Saul, and forget about life for a week or two.
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