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What hit in 2011: Season four of "Breaking Bad"
What's next: A recurring role on "Once Upon a Time," the USA pilot "Over/Under" and the feature "I, Alex Cross"
Lowdown: A funny thing happened midway through "Breaking Bad" season 4: many viewers started openly rooting for Esposito's Gus Fring, even though he kept trying to kill the show's main character in Walter White. Some of that comes from how much more flawed Walter became this year, but much of it was just from the charismatic force of Esposito's work as the Chicken Man, precise and robotic so much of the time, and then capable of great rage when the occasion calls for it. At various points in the season, Gus cut a man's throat, walked unflinchingly through a hail of bullets, poisoned the entire upper management level of a Mexican drug cartel and had the composure to straighten his tie in extremely unhealthy circumstances. Fantastic as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have been throughout the show's run, Esposito's work is going to be long, long remembered by anyone who watched one of the small screen's best villains ever.
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