Interview: Giancarlo Esposito
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The Usual Suspects and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito can currently be seen in Revolution, a post-apocalyptic drama set 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout. As the second series begins in the US, the actor who plays Major Tom Neville discusses the show. Can you give me a sketch of the character you play, Major Tom Neville? We are 15 years after the blackout. We live in a world that is very disparate, with people trying to reunite what used to be the United States of America. Now we are not allowed to fly the American flag and are not allowed to bear arms and Captain Tom Neville is the enforcer of the Monroe Republic. He’s been sent by Monroe to find two men, Ben and Miles Matheson, in the hope that they hold the key to solving the riddle of why the power went out. Monroe wants this information. Monroe is Tom Neville’s boss and Monroe wants to harness that scientific information to get the power back on so he could maybe rule the world. And what sort of man is Tom Neville? Tom Neville is a storyteller in many ways. He has a past life. He is a former insurance adjustor, which gives him the ability to observe body language and to know when people are not telling him the truth. The truth is very important for him in his pursuit of Miles and Ben. It is also important for him to know in keeping his men safe and in collecting the spring taxes and running this new world of the Monroe Republic. He is a soldier and has morals and values; he believes in God and believes very deeply that he is protecting; he is that one step between anarchy and order. His goal is to keep people safe, his men being his first consideration, and fulfilling his mission. He is tired of it all when we first meet him on screen… He wants to go back home, he has been in the field for two years, doing his job well, in these nasty heavy boots, in the mud and the dirt and the filth. He is a cultured kind of guy. Why the hell would he want to be away from Philadelphia in search of these two ruffians? He’d really rather be with his wife, Julie, and his son, Jason.
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