‘Breaking Bad’ Star Giancarlo Esposito Visits ‘Community’

by | February 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM | Breaking Bad, Community, General, TV News

Giancarlo Esposito. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

By Kimberly Potts

Is Giancarlo Esposito channeling the dearly departed Gus Fring for his upcoming role on “Community“? An NBC rep tells TheWrap that Esposito will play a “tough customer” in an upcoming guest spot.

The “Breaking Bad” star, who played drug lord Fring, will appear on “Community” as Gilbert Lawson, the right-hand man to the dead, racist and homophobic father of Chevy Chase‘s Pierce.

Pierce and his study group run into Gilbert when they pay a visit to Hawthorne Wipes, the company founded by the late Cornelius Hawthorne, in an episode Esposito filmed this week.

No air date has been set yet for the installment, as “Community” still hasn’t secured a return date to NBC’s lineup. It was pulled from the network’s schedule amid low ratings, but NBC says it will be back this season.

Vulture.com first reported Esposito’s guest role.