In the entertainment industry, just one role can make or break a person’s entire career. Fortunately for Salvatore Esposito, he recently got an opportunity that is turning him into an international star. Salvatore has been getting lots of attention lately thanks to his role in the anthology series, Fargo. But while American viewers are just being introduced to his talent, people in his home country of Italy are already familiar with what he can do. Salvatore is well-known for playing the role of Genny Savastano in the Italian series Gomorrah and he has been involved in several other Italian productions. Continue reading for 10 things you didn’t know about Salvatore Esposito.
1. He Helped Build His Character On Fargo
In many cases, actors don’t have much control over the characters they play. Usually the characters have already been fully envisioned and the actors job is only to come in and bring the character to life. Fortunately for Salvatore, he had much more input on Gaetano. his character in Fargo. He and the show’s creator, Noah, worked together on the details Gaetano’s details
2. American Viewers Will Be Seeing Him Again Much Sooner Than They Think
Now that US audiences have gotten a taste of what Salvatore can do, there are countless people who want to see more of him. The good news is that they won’t have to wait much younger. Gomorrah, the popular Italian series that he stars in, will be coming to HBO Max sometime in the near future.
3. He’s Always Wanted To Be An Actor
Becoming an actor has been on Salvatore’s mind for as long as he can remember. He grew up with a dream of breaking into the world of acting and he hoped that one day he would even be able to break into the American industry. Now he can say that both of those dreams has come true.
4. He Was A Fan Of Fargo Before Being Cast
Getting the part on Fargo was even more meaningful to Salvatore because he was already a fan. When asked if he was familiar with Fargo before joining the cast he told Collider, “Of course! The movie and the TV show are amazing, and like a fan, I couldn’t wait to watch Season 4. I think that anybody who loves the best TV shows and movies can’t wait for Fargo.”
5. He Has A Huge Following On Social Media
In recent years, social media has proven to be a very powerful tool. Whether you’re already well-known or looking to gain popularity, social media can help you get to where you want to go. Salvatore has already experienced the magic of social media and his follower count proves it. He currently has 1.3 million followers on Instagram and counting.
6. He’s A Russell Crowe Fan
On top of being a talented actor himself, Salvatore is also a fan of many other talented actors. During his interview with Collider, Salvatore said that he is a big fan of Russell Crowe’s work and added, “Russell Crowe is the kind of actor that I want to be.” Hopefully one day the two will get the chance to work together.
7. He Is Very Proud To Be From Naples
Salvatore was born and raised in Naples, Italy and he is very proud of that fact. Although he has gotten to do lots of traveling over the years, he truly feels like there is no place that compares to his home. If you’ve ever been to Naples or simply seen a photograph, you would understand why he feels that way.
8. He Hopes Fargo Will Lead To More Opportunities In The United States
Establishing himself in the American industry has always been a goal for Salvatore and he officially has a foot in the door. He hopes that the success of Fargo ultimately leads to the opportunity to work on other American projects. Based on the responses he’s been getting so far, there is a very good chance that Fargo is just the beginning.
9. He Has A List Of Directors He Would Love To Work With
Almost every actor has at least one director that they would love to work with, and Salvatore Esposito is no exception. Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese are all at the top of his list of directors he wants to collaborate with some day.
10. He Loves The Godfather Movies
Some people have said that Gaetano’s role in Fargo gives off similar vibes to the Corleone family in The Godfather. As a huge fan of The Godfather, Salvatore doesn’t mind this comparison. He told Looper, “For me, The Godfather is like a religion. Who doesn’t love The Godfather and its amazing cast? Growing up, I followed actors like Brando, Pacino — they are like gods to me.”
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