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Is Giancarlo Esposito Playing Good Or Evil On ‘Revolution’?

Series depicts a world where the only power seems to be political

So is Capt. Tom Neville a good guy or a bad guy?

Through the first episode of NBC’s “Revolution,” we see a pretty bad guy. But the man behind him — Emmy-nominated actor Giancarlo Esposito — says there is far more behind this soldier than what we might think we know after watching the pilot.

“I think he’s a guy who has a lot of grace and compassion, and is also maniacal in many ways when he doesn’t get what he wants,” Esposito told Airlock Alpha and other reporters during last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. “I don’t think he’s all bad, and we’ll see that as we progress through the show. I think many of us look at him as a bad guy, but who doesn’t look at the police [that way] when they stop you as a bad guy. He stops you, but he’s trying to protect” someone else.

The full motivations pushing Tom Neville will be exposed over time, but while he may end up being one of the villains of the story, he may not think of himself that way.

“It’s a fine line, but I do think that his intentions are noble,” Esposito said. “He wishes that this new society will thrive and grow.”

Neville at one time was an insurance adjuster, someone trained to get information, and get to the truth. While he may not have used such abilities for bad in the past, everything is different when the power goes out.

“Things change when the sun goes down and people are in their homes with candles, and there are people who want to take advantage of that,” Esposito said. “Neville is the last line of defense for people like that. His intentions are good, but he may work for a man whose intentions are not so good.”

Esposito just missed out on his first Emmy award for his work in “Breaking Bad,” one of his many stops leading to “Revolution,” including the sophomore ABC series “Once Upon a Time,” which he departed at the end of last season. “Revolution” had one of NBC’s best premieres in the last few years, and network brass are hoping that audience will stick around for the next bunch of episodes as NBC tries to pull itself out of the ratings cellar.

To see the video of the complete interview with Giancarlo Esposito at Comic-Con, click here.

“Revolution” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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