Interview with 'Chosen' star Milo Ventimiglia
Movie Room Reviews had the pleasure of joining in a conference with "Chosen" star Milo Ventimiglia. Many people know Milo as Peter from the successful show "Heroes", but his new web show "Chosen" will no doubt garner fans from all over the world. "Chosen" will premiere on Crackle.com on January 17, 2013. Click here to view the show.
Moderator: Hi everyone. Thank you for waiting. Milo is the executive producer and star of Crackle's newest original series Chosen. Chosen follows Ian Mitchell, a husband, father and lawyer who awakens one morning to discover a mysterious box on his doorstep containing a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he must kill within the next three days.
Ian quickly learns that if he doesn’t kill this man he will be killed himself along with his daughter who is being held hostage. A heart pounding thriller, Chosen features six 30 minute episodes which will premiere on Crackle.com and all Crackle platforms Thursday, January 17.
Milo Ventimiglia: First of all what's up you guys? How are you all doing? Don't be shy. Come out of the shadows and say hi, too.
Reg Seton: Hey Milo thanks for taking the time.
Milo Ventimiglia: Yes, of course brother. How are you doing today?
Reg Seton: Not too bad man. Well the preview says that Ian won't be the same after the box arrives. Can you talk about the type of guy he becomes as compared to who he was?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know, kind of mild mannered a guy who - he works in a law office. He wears a tie, you know, he kind of has these little struggles - struggle of words with him ex-wife, you know, or his, you know, his marriage is falling apart.
He's a guy who's just kind of dealing with like some everyday problems, you know, and then this box arrives and he is now hunted and has to hunt and is kind of put into this game that is, as the trailer says, not fun and - or not the fun kind.
And he has to kind of adapt as a human being for the sense of survival. So, you know, it's that kind of - gives you some sort of understanding of what he does or how he has to change and manage to survive, not only for himself but for his daughter, for his family. That's kind of where he goes.
Reg Seton: And what do you love about the viability in potential shows on the internet like Chosen and how that differs from (unintelligible).
Milo Ventimiglia: Man, I love the reach, you know, I'm just so excited about digital because of the reach, you know. The actual releases sometimes some countries don't get movies. Sometimes, you know, they're in and out of theaters, TV -- maybe you don't have the channel, maybe you don't have pay cable. Maybe, you know, you live in a remote part of the world that just doesn't have what the network is showing or studio is putting out.
Digital I kind of feel like anybody can access it, anybody can get to it. And for me being a part of projects like Chose, you know, working with Crackle and just being a guy who's been in the digital space for kind of a long time now.
I know it's something that I'm going to continue to do and hopefully as it builds and the profile builds and people understand that, you know, look, you're going to get the same quality on digital as you can in a movie theater if you actually have a bandwidth for it then great, you know. So I love digital, I'm in to digital.
Reg Seton: Cool man. Good luck with the show.
Milo Ventimiglia: Thank you brother, I appreciate it man.
Moderator: Why don't you tell everyone how you got involved in this project.
Milo Ventimiglia: I got involved - I got a script from Ben Ketai and it was great. It was awesome. And I was a huge fan of his and I worked with Crackle before developing stuff and I was just like, these guys are great. And I kind of - into the digital space and what it affords creative types and what we get to do and play around with space and then (unintelligible) reach.
So cool story, cool release, great character, yes, I'm in.
Moderator: This is from Maria from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, she wanted to know what attracted you to this project and what do you see for the future for short series such as Chose?
Milo Ventimiglia: What attracted me to it was a good character with a great story, you know, something kind of interesting and original and the filmmaker, you know Ben Ketai. He's an awesome guy. He's a great shooter. He understand story and heart and character.
And again, the format -- we actually we shot six 30 minute episodes. You kind of line those up against any TV show nowadays and, you know, tell me the difference. I think they stand up to anything on network or cable television at the moment.
Moderator: Great. I know you've spoken about Ian but do you relate to him at all? Do you feel any sort of connection?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know what? I think I have to relate to every character that I play in some way or another. I mean, even the kind of sick horrible ones. But, you know, I think a guy who just goes through an everyday struggle, I mean, you know, we all have things we have to deal with in life and when a curve ball is kind of thrown at us it's like, whoa, what do you do? How do you react? How do you respond?
You know, would I do the same thing? You know, for me I always say, you know, have to protect the ones you love. You've got to look out for the people you care about and it's kind of a terrifying idea of thought like, Ian's daughter gets kidnapped, you know, something like that were to happen in real life and what it would - or what it would or could drive you to do, you know, especially when it's out of your control.
So, you know, I think there's similarity to myself and Ian but of course, you know, there's difference and he's just a character, fictional character that I've got to make alive.
Moderator: Got it. Okay, the next question is from Brie Brower from Fanhattan. She asks, what unique hang ups or issues do you run across while filming a digital series as opposed to a regular TV show or movie?
Milo Ventimiglia: What's up (Brie)? Actually all the typical ones, you know, sometimes the camera jams. Sometimes, you know, a scene you've got to do more than a couple takes. I don't think there's any difference though between digital production and television and feature film.
Sometimes feature films usually take a little bit longer but that's just film making, you know, it's all the same. It's all the same thing. I think what we were hoping to do, particularly with Chosen was show that, you know, it wasn't just, you know, a digital project.
Yes, it's a cinematic release on a digital platform, you know. So, yes, you run into the same problems, the same kind of set bullshit of any set.
Moderator: Great. So this is from Nick Leyland from movieroomreviews.com and he asks, how did you end up becoming - this is a few part question so I'll ask them separately. How did you end up becoming an executive producer of the show?
Milo Ventimiglia: What's up Nick, first of all. I - well I produced before and I'd worked with Crackle before and so when I got the phone calls from those guys and we were kind of sitting around talking about ideas and whatnot -- it just was a natural fit to bring me on to produce.
You know, and I never want to be, you know, in the way of anything. I never want to kind of be like excess baggage. So it was just a natural thing that came up and they said, "Hey would you like to produce this as well?" I said, "Yes, of course. Let's do it all together".
You know, and we had a great, amazing production team as well. You know, I think whatever I've done in the producing world was just a matter of kind of expanding the bubble of information and experience that we all had had going into this.
Moderator: Did you cast yourself as Ian?
Milo Ventimiglia: Did I what?
Moderator: Cast yourself as Ian then?
Milo Ventimiglia: No, it actually had all kind of came about right around the same time. So basically I got the script, they said, "Hey, you know, take a look, we love you." And I said, "Great. I love this - I love it." I had a couple thoughts on it. I love the idea of working with your guys. So it was a natural fit.
Moderator: Cool. And he also says, "I really enjoy the other cast members of the show. How did they get involved?"
Milo Ventimiglia: That was just finding the right people for the job, you know. Of course with any project, you know, a lot of names get thrown around. You know, who's available? Who can do what? Who fits the roll? But when it comes down to it, you know, I think Dan Ryan, Crackle and I we sat down and we were like, "Hey, Diedrich Bader. Awesome."
You know, I've been a fan of his work for years and years and years and when we heard he was interested, you know, I was like, great, let's lock it down. And Nicky Whelan, the same thing, you know. Nicky was somebody that I'd worked with before and when we were talking about Laura and Ian's wife and everything I'm like, look, here's a girl who's - who is an amazing actress, beautiful gal and by the way, one of the coolest people you've had - you'll ever have on a set.
So, you know, it was just this natural build of cast. I mean, you look at everybody across the board. I mean, you've got some very recognizable, very talented, talented people who work in feature film, television, you know, the biggest projects to, you know, even the digital stuff that we're putting out.
Moderator: Got it. Thank you. So our next question is from Steven Eramo from SciFiAndTvTalk, I believe, I don't have it directly in front of me. But he has a couple questions. "What sticks out in your mind about shooting your first Chosen episode?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Hey (Steven) we actually - you know it's so funny man. We didn't shoot episode by episode in chronological order. We actually kind of boarded the whole thing, almost like we would a movie.
It took about five weeks of five days a week, me all the time, time, time. And we just kind of like, we're mixing and matching, you know, there were scenes when I went back and watched the final edits that I was like, there in the very beginning, I’m like, "Oh wow. We shot that at the very end."
You know, so many for me so many things standout, you know, different - different scenes, you know, let's say, you know, the diner scene with Diedrich or the desperation scene with Nicky. You know, I really have to tell her that our daughter is missing - and Caitlin - -my daughter, I mean, just so many, so many great scenes with her. She's such a pro. I'm so excited to see where she goes in the future.
You know, and (Noel G) and kind of all that gangster stuff, you know, helping his attorney out and (Patrick San Espry). My god is that dude evil on camera. Sweetest guy on the planet though.
You know, for me it's a lot of moments with actors or moments with my crew or moments with Ben, the director that kind of - man I could just bend your ear all day on them.
Moderator: Okay, thanks. His next question was, "What were some of the initial acting challenges steeping into the Ian role?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Wow. The initial challenges? I mean, first being a father. Like I'm not a dad myself yet, you know, I've got a lot of good friends with kids and a nephew and, you know, that's all cool and exciting but I think that kind of real life - that weight of real life of having a daughter, having somebody you care about so much like they're you're blood. You and a woman created them and that fear of if they are gone, if they are taken, if they are missing.
You know, I think that was kind of the - the very first and foremost in my mind was Ian's connection to his daughter and how strong that is and how much that propels him through the situation that - of the game of what he has to go through.
As well as, you know, here's a guy who works in a an office and he's told to kill someone for sport, for a game. And it's like how do you - you know, it's a question that kind of comes up throughout the course of the show, you know, I know Deidrch's character asks it, Ian asks it. It's like how can someone expect you to do that, you know.
So I think that - really connecting to that idea of the reality of it, you know, just how much, you know, human beings really don't have that instinct or want to do. That was something that, you know, I was trying to tap into like the reality of the situation and believe it and live it as much as I can.
Moderator: Great thank you. Our next question is from Stacy from Seriously? OMG! WTF? And you may have kind of been asked this already but in a different way. Even though the quality is incredible for Chosen -- how does working on a web series different from working on a TV show?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know in terms of the work the work is kind of the same, you know. Work is work is work, you know, you have different sets you're on, you know, some big, huge ones with - you know, maybe craft service. Maybe craft service and catering. Sometimes you, you know, bigger wider spread and sometimes you're working with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
You know, I think there's this idea that digital's like small and kind of gorilla and we're all running around but, you know, this was a good sized production with a great, talented crew and making it was no different than, you know, working on a Frank Derabont set or working on a Nicole Kidman set or working on a DeNiro or, you know, Adam Sandler set.
Well, I don't know Adam Sandler, like those things are pretty big, those are pretty big. But it's all the same when it comes down to production, you know, but again, I go back to excitement of digital. I'm super fired up about digital because I think the reach is huge and doing projects like this and with the quality of, I think what Ben shot and what our DP and production team put together.
It's just - I personally think it stands up against anything else that's on TV or in films right now. And I’m very proud of it.
Moderator: Great and her second question again kind of asks in a different way -- what attracted you to Crackle?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know, Crackle just seemed like a place that they're looking for projects like Chosen and I developed with them before a Web series that kind of - stuff that I would like. Stuff like, that I would watch, you know? That was what attracted me to them.
I've known the guys over there for some time now and it was just one of those places that was doing it, you know? And even now too, you know, they're saying, "Hey. We've got money to do projects like this and we want to continue doing - do more and branch out from hopefully the successes that Chosen has had."
So, you know, me personally I hope to be a part of it but as kind of like a viewer, an audience I'm just stoked to see it - somebody doing it. You know, and then there's a ton of those houses out there - digital houses out there that have the reach but, you know, for me I love the idea that it's backed by Sony and it's just another avenue to get creative out there.
Moderator: Great. Our next question is from Doug Dobbins from Takes on Tech, "How is it to be a producer on this?"
Milo Ventimiglia: You know what? Being a producer on this, same as anything else, I think I've done. You know, being a part of the process, being a part of the casting, you know, kind of like brining some friends in. Brining - kind of like shining some light on some really talented people, you know.
So I never - like as a producer I never want to be in the way of things. I always want to add and contribute and for me, you know, I think there's always relationships that I've had outside of whatever anybody else on production has had. So, you know, for this I was just able to bring in people, talented people, amazing, amazing people to be around that I knew and yes, that was pretty much it.
Moderator: Great and a second part is, "Are the tactics any different for this format and medium versus network or cable?"
Milo Ventimiglia: You know, I don't think so. I mean, and if by tactics you mean the way it's shot, the way it's released, the way it's promoted, the way the stories unfold -- no. You know, we looked at it just the same.
We had six episodes, we had an arch. We had characters that are popping in and out, you know. And too, it's one of those things that look, with success with probably continue - will most likely continue and will hopefully continue.
You know, the great thing about this story that Ben and Ryan created was - it's not just Ian's story that's interesting. What if they happened to somebody else, you know? This is a concept that could happen to anybody and it could take a different direction.
So, you know, take myself, Milo Ventimiglia and my character Ian Mitchell out of the equation. Wouldn't it be cool to see somebody else dealing with the same kind of struggle in a different way, you know? And what kind of curve balls are thrown at them.
So, you know, I think that hopefully that answered the question but it's very similar to anything else in television now. It's supposed to be ongoing.
Moderator: Our next question is from Russell Trunk from exclusivemagazine.com. So he says, "I love the fact that you throw twists in such as calling the cop back on his business card and listening to the countdown before it erases itself the next time. Was finding ways to throw twists in fun? And do they get bigger and better as we progress?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Absolutely. Yes. I mean, it's the most fun throwing in those little, you know, sharp left turns when you're like, oh my god this guys - that's totally not going to happen. It happened, it happened.
And yes, the progress. You know the stakes get higher and, you know, there's something that Ian always has going against him and it's a ticking clock. Time is running out, you know, and too what do you do in that eventual event when, you know, you're minutes - seconds away from having to do something you really feel strongly against.
You know, so the stakes do keep getting raised and we take a whole lot of turns.
Moderator: He also asks, "Why do you think Team Detroit at the end?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Say that again. Why what?
Moderator: Why do we think Team Detroit at the end?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know what, I don't know but I'll tell you what. There was a lot of Detroit on that job. I know Ben is from Detroit, Ryan Lewis is from Detroit. A few - a handful of other people, you know. I got a lot of friends in Detroit. I've got a lot of friends. I've got a lot of people that, you know, kind of want to see the growth - the re-growth of Detroit and industry out there and everything, so.
I don't know exactly what that means but I'm behind it, Team Detroit.
Moderator: Thank you. Our next question is from Mike Rob at The Point Radio. He asks me to ask you to talk about his character. How Ian changes or evolves as the story progresses?
Milo Ventimiglia: What's up Mike? You know, Ian starts out a bit mild mannered, you know, he's a guy that works in a law office. He holds a pen. He wears a suit and tie and he kind of devolves and evolves into this man who has to act a little bit more on physical instinct given situations that come his way.
So, you know, if a guys coming at him with the silenced gun he's got to run. If he gets shot he has to kind of fight back. As well as he still has to play that chess game with the people that are involved with the watchers -- these watchers that are in control the game.
So, you know, it's one of - I think it's kind of a testament to who Ian is a human being where he is a rational, functioning in society man but at the same time he's able to switch to an instinct that is maybe a little unnatural for people that are, you know, living in a world of suits and ties and writing with pens, you know, all the time and legal society.
So I think for me it was an awesome arch that Ben gave me as an actor to turn into - to become this man who is really wholly trying to just protect his family by any means possible, you know. It's like his discomfort at the contents of the box when you first meet him and then kind of throw a little comedy slant at how comfortable he is with the contents of the box, you know, a little later on in the show, so.
Yes, I think for me it's the evolution of who he becomes.
Moderator: Great. And our next question kind of goes into this actually. It's from Monique Jones at the TV Fanatic. She knows you've already talked a little bit about how you got into character but she would like to know how you go into the mindset of the paranoia?
Milo Ventimiglia: Hey Monique. Wow. You know, a few years ago my mother asked me - I did this movie where I played a really, really deplorable person. The movie's called The Divide. And afterwards my mother asked me if something happened to me as a kid that she didn't know about.
I said, "What do you mean Mom?" She said, "Well you were such an evil, horrible person, you know, how - did something happen to you that we don't know about?" I'm like, no, not at all Mom, I'm an actor, like that's what we do. We just, you know, we act.
So I think the paranoia is it's just kind of a like a matching your worst fears and playing to them. You know, I like to say let the wheels come off, see what happens, just go for it, you know, I think at times it's - actors are standing a bit naked with our emotions and we have to. We have to be able to stand there and deliver anything, you know, happiness, sadness, paranoia, fear, victory, you know, you have to be able to allow those things to just kind of flow out of you.
And, you know, for me it was no different. The paranoia, I think is just like, all right, I don't want to act paranoid. I'm just going to be paranoid, how's that?
So, yes, I don't know that that directly answers the question but, yes.
Moderator: Our next question is from Karen Benardello a Yahoo Voices contributor. She's asking about Nicky Wheland. She says, "Nicky Wheland plays Ian's wife Laura while Caitlin Carmichael portrays your daughter Ellie. What are your working relationships with both Nicky and Caitlin on set like?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Man - I mean, they're both just such amazing actresses. Just so good and so pro and - like I'll start with Nicky. I mean, you've never met a cooler human being. Like really, honestly. Like, just super game and like there to work and fun and kind of like bounce around the set all the time and enjoying yourself but like when the camera's roll it's like, oh my god to see her, you know, fall into this woman whose daughter was taken. I mean, it's heartbreaking.
You know, and for me as an actor it's like wow, I get to play off somebody that really, really is breaking and, you know, what a blessing for me and hopefully I can give that back to her, you know, so for me it was having a good friend on set.
And Caitlin, I mean, you know, that girl, I'm just so excited to see what she does, you know, over the years and over time because she was such a pro, you know. But like Nicky she was able to tap right into this, you know, scared or super happy or super confused daughter of Ian.
And it was just - for me personally it was inspiring to see these great actors around that I got to play with, you know, that I got to act with. That I got to be in a scene, you know, and try to let the story unfold and, you know, I just think how lucky I am to have both of them -- Nicky and Caitlin -- in the show.
Moderator: Great. And her next question is about Ben. "Co-creator Ben Ketai serves as an executive producer on Chosen and he also wrote and directed the series. What is it like working with Ben as co-producers? Like how collaborative were you in creating the series together?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Man, he's one of the easiest going guys you'd ever meet, you know. And when it comes down to what he wants to do with the camera, the emotion he wants to get from the characters, I mean, he was incredibly collaborative, incredibly creative.
And, you know, I think when moments where as an actor I like being directed, you know, I kind of look at him and he's know just enough to say or not say or, you know, hey, let's go one more. Or let's go again, you know.
I think you had the perfect balance of the business world as well as the creative which is so important for a director nowadays. It doesn’t matter what you're doing. You've got to understand the efficiency of your day in addition to getting the story out. You can't rush through a moment, you know, if you're just trying to make your day, so.
You know, Ben is - I think he's just one of those rare guys that can tell good stories, you know, and yes, let's go back to the fact that he wrote an amazing script. You know, to come up with an idea is great. To follow through in the execution of a great story with good dialogue and stuff that keeps you interested. And, you know, I was turning the pages as fast as I could get through them.
Moderator: Awesome. Thank you. Our next question is a follow up from Stacy at Seriously? OMG! WTF? What would Milo do if Milo go the box?
Milo Ventimiglia: Please don't ask me that question - that's - that's the worst thing. I hope to never, ever, ever get anything like that on my doorstep. I think I'd - I don't know. I don't know, you know. You can't talk about it with anybody. You can't do anything but kind of wait, you know. And, you know, I'm a pretty moral person and I mean, shit, I'm a vegetarian, show, you know, how would they expect me to kill anybody, so.
Moderator: Okay, we've got another question, it's a follow up from Dan Deavy at Takes on Tech. “I love that this was a regular guy presented in a very realistic way. He's not immediately heroic, the ordinary characters are generally presented in film. He cries, he, he doesn't know how to use a gun, etcetera, can you talk about playing the part in this way?”
Milo Ventimiglia: Dan by the way - I'm so happy that you took notice of that because that was something that it was very apparent in the script when I read it but then Ian was talking about and talked about while we were shooting with Ben, just over and over again.
Like, the majority of people don't know how to handle a weapon, you know, majority of people, you know, they're not in control of their emotions. Yes, I think there's a bit of a wish fulfillment with, you know, actors and even actresses kind of wanting to look cool on screen, you know. And sometimes it doesn't really fit with the character and not everybody's an action hero right off the bat.
So I think that was something that, you know, I personally try to be very mindful of. You know, I mean I've done a lot of different jobs with a lot of action, like tons of action -- stunt work and all this and, you know, can throw a punch and, you know, can take a hit and all that kind of stuff.
But like I said, I go back to Ian Mitchell -- a suit and a tie and, you know, he's holding the fountain pen, you know, most of his life. He's in court. The dude's weapons are his words.
So, I really personally embraced this idea that he's a guy that doesn't know how to do any of the stuff that's coming his way and he's got to figure it out. He has to learn. I mean, even, you know, going onto YouTube to learn how to arm a weapon, you know, things like that.
So, you know, for me I embrace it as much as I could and I loved the fact that he was just an every man.
Moderator: Awesome. And Dan goes on to say that he felt that this was - this seemed to be based in a reality to an extent that audiences aren't used to seeing. It was similar in a way to your movie The Divide which he loved and he wished more people have the opportunity to see.
Milo Ventimiglia: Thanks brother, yes. I hope people see that to. It's a very, very cool, dark intense film. But yes, I love playing in the world of if this could happen, you know. And, I mean, there is the hyper fantastic of, you know, science fiction or super hero movies, you know, Superman, Batman.
I was personally always more drawn to Batman because well he's just a normal guy. He didn't come from an alien world, you know, the sun doesn't charge him up it's - he's a normal guy that can break and bend and fold like anybody.
So me I love ideas, stories, characters that are - what if this really happened tomorrow to you? How would you deal with it? You know, like The Divide, like Chosen. So, yes I'm happy that you took note of that brother.
Moderator: Awesome. Our next question is a follow up from Steven Eramo at SciFiAndTvTalk. He asks, "Did you have a chance to work with the writers to help craft your character for Ian?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Yes, a little bit, you know. I think whenever, you know, I read a script I look at it and go, like wow. This is an amazing character but sometimes, you know, words don't quite fit. And I think having the opportunity to work with collaborative people like Ben. I mean, he's, you know, he's writer and director. He's right there on set so if we get into a scene and something just doesn't sound right, something doesn't kind of feel right, you know, hey Ben, this isn't working. What do you think? Or what if I said this? Or what if I tried this?
You know, it's being around like minded people that are trying to find the best solutions for the entire process. You know, so working with Ben in that capacity was a pleasure, an absolute pleasure.
Moderator: Great and in his second question he asks you to talk a little about Ian's main relationships on Chosen and how they develop in the six episodes?
Milo Ventimiglia: Wow, you know, with Laura his wife he goes from kind of a broken dysfunctional to, I think some small semblance of togetherness. You know, she's - she understands what's at stake and I don't think she's just acting in support of getting their daughter back. I think she's acting in support of getting her husband back to a degree and seeing kind of what drove them apart.
(Selmus) is his guy that kind of pops in and out. His client who he got out of jail and brings back around to help and ultimately gives him the best lesson he could have learned which is protect your own, you know. Noel G. just a great actor and really hammered that home, you know, with a couple punches the gut, really.
And yes, just, you know, seeing where he was in the beginning and where Ian is in the end because of a guy like (Selmus). And even the unknown like (Patrick San Espry), you know, who plays the head watcher. He only kind of pops up in a small capacity but he's this faceless, nameless - well he has a name but faceless (unintelligible) making all this trouble in Ian's life and to finally sit in front of that guys face, you know, and ask the question, "Where's my daughter?"
You know, I mean what a powerful moment for a guy - for a man to have to do. Sit in front of a guy who's holding his kid captive. And not want to just jump across the table and wrap your hands around his throat.
And who else? What are some other characters? Or actually - hold on a minute let me - or, yes, I think, you know, his daughter is - I think it's his mission is just get back. You know, you see this bond between them. And actually I want to talk about Daniel Easton as well, the man that he's sent to kill.
You know, his daughter he - you see this bond between them in the very beginning, you know, he's giving her birthday cake and he's trying to be like a good, fun dad. You know, I think given the situation with his wife, you know, at the very end it's, of course, get his daughter back and get her back safely.
But, I mean, I'd imagine that that would probably create an even stronger bond. But Daniel Easton, Diedrich Bader's character, you know, I mean he's - he first see a photograph of him and he's told that he has to kill this man which just seems completely ridiculous and, you know, like I said, Ian's weapons are his words. So his first thing - his first thought is let me talk to this guy. Let me go to his office.
And he's met with, you know, a running away from him man. You know, he can't confront him because I think, not I think, I know Daniel Easton believes that this man is going to kill him -- Ian Mitchell's going to kill him.
So, you know, to see the kind of evolution of these characters. These guys that actually have to learn to trust one another, you know, it's even a line in the diner scene. So, you know, there's no one else that you can trust. And Daniel Eastman says except for the guy who's sent to kill me.
So I think that - what those guys have to learn and go through and, you know, the ultimate demise at the end. It's just sad. It's just sad. And sickening that, you know, this is a game to somebody else when it's real life to the people living it.
Moderator: Got it. All righty. Your next question comes from - it's a follow up from Nick Leyland from movieroomreviews.com. He asks, "It premieres tomorrow, the following episodes will air every Thursday for six weeks?"
Moderator: I’ll answer this one: No, all the entire series premieres tomorrow on crackle.com and all Crackle platforms so people can binge watch or watch one or two episodes and check in another day and watch more.
Milo Ventimiglia: Which is awesome to binge watch. That's personally how I do things. I mean, I can't tell you the last time I had, like, kind of scheduled television. And I, of course, like save it on my DVR at home but for the most part it's like let me just download and watch everything right now. You know? I think that's the greatest way to do to it.
Like I do that with comic books too. I'm a big comic book nerd. And when - whenever like - I sometimes just wait until the trade comes out. When the trade comes out, cool. I'm going to sit down and read, you know, 120 pages. It's the best.
Moderator: Okay great and this next question is from Amy and Nancy Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas, "What drew you to the script and the character in particular when you first read it?"
Milo Ventimiglia: What's up you guys? You know, for me it was a guy who - whose a total normal functioning member of society. And what the situation he gets thrown in where it's life or death for not only him but for those that he loves, you know. I think that is what attracted me to the character, to Ian Mitchell.
You know, and then it's just an added bonus when you've got cool, talented inspirational people that you're working with like Ben Ketai and Crackle and, you know, the rest of the assembled production team.
You know, so for me it was a treat every day to walk on the set, like wow, I'm so blown away with the company that I'm in, the people that I get to be around and get to work with and, you know, play with and make some hopefully some good cinema with.
Moderator: Got it and I just got another question about social media from Doug Dobbins again. He wants to know "Are you on social media? Do you want to - how do you plan and engage or grow the audience through your social media or do you plan to?"
Milo Ventimiglia: Yes I am on social media. I have @miloventimiglia on Twitter. I have my production company, @dividepictures has a Twitter account. All my good friends have it. I have - oh man what else qualifies as social media? Like, there's ,you know, there's Facebook accounts out there and Instagram which has nothing to do with my acting. That's just me taking photos that I find beautiful or cool or interesting or sometimes ugly.
Just kind of like in my random. You know, I think the idea of social media kind of like connecting a bigger, broader sense of how we relate to one another and how we share ideas. I think that's exciting but also at the same time I can't ever forget about human contact and human, you know, face to face relations and maybe I sound a bit old school or maybe it just shows my age, you know, and how the time I was raised.
But, you know, I think, you know, social media's an incredible tool that hopefully brings people together, really, really truthfully as opposed to keeping them separated, you know, when you think you have 1,200 friends but really you've never met 1,100 of those people, you know?
Moderator: Yes, I got it. Okay, I like this question, this is from Russell Trunk from exclusivemagazine.com. It's a follow up. He said, "I kept thinking about your old TV super hero aspects come out especially on the roof top before the girl jumps. Did you ever - did it ever cross your mind that you're still playing another kind of hero?"
Milo Ventimiglia: No man, Russell sadly not at all, you know, I hung up that guys shows on that old show a long, long time ago and, you know, it's funny like since leaving that show I think it was the most - almost four years ago, you know, I've done eight movies and two - or nine movies and like two different TV show or three different TV shows.
I've done a lot of different work, played a lot of different people so it didn't cross my mind at all to think, oh wow this guy could jump off and catch this girl, you know, not in the least man, so.
Moderator: Okay. The next one...
Milo Ventimiglia: Respectfully, that guy you talked about was all his unworldly powers is no more.
Moderator: Okay the next one is another follow up from (Dan Deavy) and this is one of our last ones so we're almost done.
Milo Ventimiglia: Cool.
Moderator: I don't have any further questions. Everyone was really patient, thank you Milo. Is there anything that you feel like we didn't cover? Do you want to bring anything up?
Milo Ventimiglia: No. I'm good. I guess if nobody has any little follow ups or anything then, yes, thank you so much everyone.
Moderator: All righty. Thank you.
Milo Ventimiglia: Thanks guys appreciate it. Thank you all.
Operator: Thank you ladies and gentlemen you can please disconnect your lines the conference is now over.