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'Revolution' star speaks out about mental illness

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Giancarlo Esposito spoke at Coastal Horizons Center's annual luncheon. Giancarlo Esposito spoke at Coastal Horizons Center's annual luncheon.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Captain Neville on the NBC hit Revolution  took a break from acting and flew to Wilmington, just to talk about something he doesn't talk about often, mental illness in his family.

The actor spoke at Coastal Horizons Center's annual luncheon. He told the sold out crowd his mother battled mental illness and he had to take care of her starting at age 17. He says there's a stigma around mental illness, that needs to be broken.

"That's why I shared a personal story that I wouldn't ordinarily share," said Esposito. "I'm not embarrassed by it anymore and it's important for people not to have that embarrassment surrounding this. Education, communication, and compassion is something that will change not only how we look at it but how we get better."

We also asked the star about the chances of Revolution returning to Wilmington. He said he has been told it's 50/50, but says he's hoping the show comes to the Port City for season two.

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