“This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia is headed to the big screen in “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”
“Extra’s” Tanika Ray caught up with Milo at Universal Studios Hollywood, where he talked about the role and broke news, revealing he knows how “This Is Us” ends.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is centered around a family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through the lessons he has learned from his human owner, a race car driver named Denny Swift. Kevin Costner narrates as the dog, while Milo plays Denny.
Milo told Tanika why he took the role, saying, “This felt like another human story… through the point of view of a dog.” He added, “The film takes place over the course of the dog’s life from puppy until he’s old and the film is narrated by the dog as he watches his owner going through life, the struggles as well as the high moments. It was just a beautiful human story.”
Ventimiglia called Kevin’s casting “massive,” confessing with a laugh, “I've never met him!”
The film was produced by another star, Patrick Dempsey, who is a race car driver. “He lives and breathes it,” Milo said. “I felt responsible to do justice not only for him… I always feel a duty to represent the group with the material I’m giving for anybody that's going to watch.”
Of course, he proves he is a team player every week on “This Is Us,” saying, “I’m constantly encouraged by the fans’ response… they want more, NBC thankfully said three more years.”
Milo knows how it will all end when the series comes to a close after Season 6. Does he approve? “Oh, yeah.” Milo said it sounds “amazing,” but he has a feeling “by the time we get there it is going to morph into something that we could not dream or imagine it could become.”
He also praised the show’s team in front of and behind the camera, saying, “It’s a lovely machine of artists and I’m grateful.”
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” opens in theaters August 9.