24 Oct 2008

Everyone knows that Milo Ventimiglia plays the superpower-mimicking former hospice nurse Peter Petrelli on NBC’s HEROES whose currently going through bit of a bad streak on the show.

When iF Magazine got the chance to catch up with him, we wanted to learn more about Milo. We dug deep to learn about his thoughts about his character and the show, the other projects he’s been working on, and even his most-anticipated superhero film.

As usual, you can catch Ventimiglia on HEROES: VILLAINS at 9:00 PM on Mondays. In the meantime, check out our conversation with him.

iF Magazine: Describe your character from HEROES in three words.
MILO VENTIMIGLIA: I guess… unwavering, heartfelt, and strong.

iF: Where would you like to see your character go?
VENTIMIGLIA: Towards destruction. I think it would be fun to see that ultimate demise of a character, where they’ve been so built up and they seem to be so powerful that ultimately they just crumble.

iF: How do you prepare for the role? How do you get into the mindset of Peter Petrelli?
VENTIMIGLIA: It’s kind of old habits by this point. I’ve been doing this long enough that I understand what I need to do in preparation. Peter’s a pretty straightforward guy, not too complex. There’s not so much about him that I need to prepare mentally for.

iF: What’s coming up for him this season?
VENTIMIGLIA: He’s not quite himself.

iF: Do you think the show’s been affected because of last year’s abbreviated season?
VENTIMIGLIA: I think it helped us. I think we were going down a path that was going to be tough for us to get out of, so I think that the break gave us an opportunity to regroup, reassess what’s going on, and then take it in the direction that we’re supposed to.

iF: Were there things that they needed to scrap?
VENTIMIGLIA: There were definitely things that fell by the wayside because of our break, but I think ultimately that it’s a good thing. It’s kind of a moot point to think about what could have been out of that season because we’re not in that season anymore. We’ve moved on and everything we’re doing is a million times better, a million times in the opposite direction.

iF: Are you having more fun doing this show than what you’ve done in the past?
VENTIMIGLIA: I enjoy it all. I enjoy really cerebral, heady drama, but I also enjoy doing action hero stuff. It’s definitely fun to play around with all that.

iF: What else are you working on right now?
VENTIMIGLIA: I wrapped a couple of movies during the break. One is called ARMORED, it’s about an armor-car robbery that goes wrong, with Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, and Skeet Ulrich. I have another movie called GAME coming out with Gerard Butler. I’ve got a small part in that. I play a very disturbing character named Rick Rape. He’s not quite in control of himself, kind of a cross between a black widow and a bumblebee. I don’t know how much sense that makes, but he’s an interesting fellow.

[I also] released a comic book called REST. It’s a rad comic. It’s about a guy who’s a little down on his life, who’s introduced to an experimental drug that suppresses his need to sleep. His life sort of turns around, it goes from something that is down and despondent to something that is really, really inspirational. It’s based off an idea, a script written by Michael O’Sullivan, that my company owns. The script needed some work. We pitched it to a comic company and they picked it up and we’ve run with it. It’s going to be five issues, plus a trade paperback.

iF: What comic book movie are you most looking foward to?
VENTIMIGLIA: I’m really curious to see WATCHMEN, just because of the history of what the comic means to the comic world.

by Hayley | Category: Heroes