Milo Ventimiglia on his new racing flick: 'There’s heart, there’s laughter and there are tears' - TheArtOfRacing
Milo Ventimiglia sits down in Vancouver for an interview about his starring role in The Art of Racing in the Rain.
, it will appeal to an audience that wants to experience emotion. It’s also very relatable. At the same time, it has this fun element of racing, so for me it checked all the boxes in terms of the kind of films I like. I spend seven months a year on the set of
Can you explain what the title The Art of Racing in the Rain refers to?
What has it been like working with Amanda Seyfried, who plays Eve?
"Yes, Amanda actually said to me, ‘Hey, you’re going to have to remind me that I’m not sick,’ and so every day we would have to play pretty heartbreaking scenes and at the end of the day, I’ve had to say to Amanda, ‘Hey, you’re not sick. This is all pretend, you’re doing great.’"
The film is interesting because Enzo is a central character as the narrator?
"No. And I’m not a father or a husband either. But I am a dog lover – absolutely. It was very important to me to bond with the dogs, so any moment I’ve had in between takes or before filming has really been time spent understanding how they train the dogs. I had to connect with the dogs just like I would with Amanda or anyone else in the film. They’re my scene partners and I want to be their scene partner, so the moment the trainers need me to do something, I’m there for them."
What do you think about the casting of Kevin Costner as the voice of Enzo?
"Well, Ayrton Senna (the late, legendary, Brazilian Formula One race car driver) is Denny’s hero. Racers say he was the best at racing in the rain. When everyone else would falter and their cars would get out from underneath them, he seemed to go faster and stronger – and that ties into how Denny races. Denny’s strength is like Senna’s. It’s been incredible to embrace that world of racing because I knew very little about it and now I have such great appreciation for what the racers go through. They have the physical strength as well as the mental focus you need to keep the car underneath you and have the car be an extension of you as the driver. I’ve been able to sit in some cars, get in some gear, do a little bit of work, and there are also moments while we’re filming when I can’t do too much."
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