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Actor Giancarlo Esposito Comes to Le Moyne

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Le Moyne College Film Program and SYRFILM will bring actor Giancarlo Esposito to Syracuse on Tuesday, Feb. 28, as a guest of the new FilmTalkSeries. Esposito, known for his film and television roles, will appear at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Feb. 28. He will be the third guest in this new series, following Film Trailer Artist Jason Richter and Academy Award-winning Sound Designer Ben Burtt.

Esposito, who began his acting career working with Spike Lee in the films “School Daze,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Mo Better Blues,” has been seen on television since 2009 as drug dealer “Gus” Fring in the AMC series “Breaking Bad.” Stephen King recently described Gus from “Breaking Bad” as “the best bad guy on continuing series tv.” Esposito also is currently a character in the ABC Sunday night fantasy series, “Once Upon a Time,” where he plays the Magic Mirror and Sidney the Reporter.

Esposito’s career has led him through acting (Broadway, film and television) and directing (“Gospel Hill” – 2008), and he is currently producing his next film, “Diamond District,” set in New York. Other key film roles have included “Malcolm X,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Smoke” (with Harvey Keitel), “Blue in the Face,” “Reckless” (with Mia Farrow), and most recently “Rabbit Hole” (with Nicole Kidman). Esposito’s TV credits include “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order,” “The Practice,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” “Miami Vice,” “Spenser For Hire” and the current “Breaking Bad.” Born in Denmark, Esposito lived in Europe and grew up in Manhattan.

In addition to the FilmTalkSeries program, Esposito will meet with students at Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. Tickets for the FilmTalkSeries program can be purchased at the Le Moyne College Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program. (Tickets: $10 adults, $5 faculty/seniors/students - SU and Le Moyne students are free with ID.)

The FilmTalkSeries is a collaboration of the Le Moyne College Film Program and SYRFILM, the non-profit organization that produces The Syracuse International Film Festival and year-round film programs for the community with the mission to educate, engage and inspire through the media of film. For more information: (315) 445-0692.

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posted on: 2/1/2012