Milo Ventimiglia Talks “Gotham” And Batman Birthday Party

Actor Milo Ventimiglia can now say he’s part of the Batman universe thanks to his current run as Jason Lennon on GothamLennon, known as “The Ogre,” is a serial killer who last week had the eyes for Barbara Keane (Erin Richards).

GOTHAM: Jason Lennon (guest Star Milo Ventimiglia, R) threatens to kill Barbara (Erin Richards, L) in “The Anvil or the Hammer” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, April 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX.
GOTHAM: Jason Lennon (guest Star Milo Ventimiglia, R) threatens to kill Barbara (Erin Richards, L) in “The Anvil or the Hammer” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, April 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX.

“The challenge in playing a bad guy is you want to humanize them,” says Ventimiglia, whose TV work includes the beloved Heroes and the film noir series Mob City. “You don’t want to make them a villain (who’s) twisting their mustache with a tied up dame on a railroad track. You actually want to make them believe in what they’re doing.”

In the audio clip below, the actor offers proof of his Batman love,  as he recalls a special birthday party from his youth:

Another gratifying aspect of Ventimiglia’s “Gotham” experience is the idea of passing the torch to a younger generation of Caped Crusader fans:

It’s absolutely fun in the way that I feel like I can give back to maybe a 13-year-old or an 8-year-old and they’re going to look at what I do or what I’m up doing with my friends on a show and go ‘Oh wow, that’s what I want to do.’ So there is that magic – there is that excitement of passing it along .

Gotham’s new episode, “The Anvil or The Hammer,” airs tonight on FOX (8 pm et/pt).

***Also – if you want to see Ventimiglia do an amusing, comedic turn as a lecherous and overly confident theater employee, check out the comedy/drama Walter, which was released this year. The flick also stars Andrew J. West (who plays the titular character), Virginia Madsen, and William H. Macy.

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