While visiting the set of Nimrod Antal's upcoming heist thriller Armored, we got a chance to talk with one of its stars, Milo Ventimiglia. He plays Peter Petrelli on the popular NBC drama Heroes. With the writers' strike finally over, it looks like production on the long-in-hiatus program might be revving back to life. We chatted a little bit about the show with Milo. This is what he had to say:
So, when are you going back to work on your day job?
Milo Ventimiglia: Sometime in May.
Do you have any idea what's in store for Peter?
Milo Ventimiglia: Ah, yes. I do. (Laughs) I think we have always had an idea about it. I've always tried to sit down with Tim Kring and the guys in charge. I want to understand where they plan on going so that I can mentally and physically prepare myself for that. If I am not prepared, it's going to be shit work. So, they are always willing to get us where we need to go. They want us in the right mind space so that we can perform and do the best job we can. I do know a little bit about what Peter has coming up.
Do you think Peter is really dead this time?
Milo Ventimiglia: I hope not. It would be really bad news for Adrian. Regardless of whether Nathan's character has run its course, losing Adrian would be a tragedy.
Why did you cut your hair?
Milo Ventimiglia: Because I needed to grow up. Peter needed to step away from being a lost little boy. He needed to step away from the nice guy, "I don't know what to do" persona. I think I did that by cutting my ties with the long hair. I didn't want anything that would associate him with being boyish. I think this allowed him to grow up. It helped.
Will your girlfriend from last season be back?
Milo Ventimiglia: I don't know. I'm not sure. I think where the story left off is kind of open for the direction we are going to go. I do know where we are headed is going to be one Hell of a fucking ride.
Can you tell us about your upcoming movie Game? Is it really action packed?
Milo Ventimiglia: Yeah, Game is pretty action packed. You will get a better sound bite on what the film is from directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. It is roughly a futuristic society where people are controlled in a video game sense. There are two different worlds. One takes place in our society. The other takes place on a battlefield. There is a lot of action and a lot of death. There are some amazingly composed shots.
What kind of crazy stuff did they make you do?
Milo Ventimiglia: My stuff wasn't so much action packed as it was disturbing. I am one of those sick fuck characters. I will be honest. My character is a sick fuck.
Milo Ventimiglia: His name is Rick Rape.
Are they still calling the film The Game?
Milo Ventimiglia: I don't know. There has never been an official title. I think it's just Game. Its funny. When I heard Mark and Brian talking a bit about it with someone, they said, "Game!" They both went, "It is just called Game!" At this point, I'm not sure what they are going to be calling it.
We were told to call it Untitled Gerard Butler Project.
Milo Ventimiglia: There you go. That is what they should call it.
Have you been lobbying to get into Crank 2?
Milo Ventimiglia: They said to me, "Milo, you are not Asian or Hispanic." And I was like, "Well, what else do you got for me?" I am a big fan of Mark and Brian. Those guys put their confidence in me with Pathology. I didn't take that lightly. When they asked me to come be in The Game, even in the smallest way possible, I said, "I'm there." Finding myself in their favor has been a very good thing. Because I am working with guys that are setting the trends for filmmaking for the next generation. I really think they are. They write everything. And they don't go about filmmaking the way they are told to. They do whatever they want. And its great. They are inventors.
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