Milo Ventimiglia “okay” after Warner Bros. told him he’s ‘too old’ to play Batman, talks ‘Art of Racing in the Rain’

 

Milo Ventimiglia has dreams of being a superhero.

At least he did earlier this year when Warner Bros. was searching for a new Batman. The “This Is Us” star threw his name in the Gotham ring for the much-coveted role.

“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl?” Ventimiglia asked when talk turned to superhero franchises during his appearance on today’s “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast.

He certainly did, but “Warner Brothers didn’t,” Ventimiglia said. “They said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.'”

The studio announced in May that the new Batman will be 33-year-old Robert Pattinson. Ventimiglia, 42, insists he has no hard feelings.

“It’s okay. It doesn’t matter,” Ventimiglia added. “By the way, I’m kind of busy.”

He sure is. In addition to recently picking up another Emmy nomination for his work on “This Is Us,” his new movie “The Art of Racing in the Rain” hits theaters on Aug. 9.

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name and directed by Simon Curtis, Ventimiglia stars in the film as Denny, a race car driver who faces tragedy after getting married (Amanda Seyfried plays his wife) and becoming a father.

Denny is a simple guy who loves his cars, wife, kid and his dog. “He’s not a complicated man,” Ventimiglia said.

That dog is Enzo. Serving as the film’s narrator, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) believes he will be reincarnated as a human.

“He understands that he’s a dog so what he’s pretty much trying to do is soak up as much of humanity from this man and his family as he can so in his next life when he is a human being, he can apply everything and be the best human being,” Ventimiglia said.

Ventimiglia will walk into the Emmys next month as a third-time nominee. He admits he’ll be prepared with some notes for an acceptance speech. “I may be standing up on a stage, I may be sitting in the audience,” Ventimiglia said. “I try not to get too far ahead but also be respectful to the group of people that are assembled there. It’s like go up and know what you’re going to say and know what you’re going to say in 45 seconds and then move on.”

He’s bringing his parents for the first time after they didn’t take him up on offer in previous years. “I got nominated [and] of course they’re one of the first calls,” Ventimiglia said. “I called mom and dad and I’m like, ‘Hey…’ and I was just about to say, ‘You’re going. You’re going this year. I don’t care what you say’ and my dad goes, ‘Oh, hey. We want to go this year.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, now is the year, pop? You’re not holding out for the Oscars anymore? These are the TV Oscars!’”

You can listen to my full interview with Ventimiglia below to find out what he told me about crying during “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” when insecurities and self-doubt get the best of him and Seyfried’s off-camera dirty jokes. “The Big Ticket” can be found at iHeartRadio or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

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THIS IS US -- 'That'll Be The Day' Episode 213 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Fifth Wheel' Episode 211 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'That'll Be The Day' Episode 213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Lonnie Chavis as Randall, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Fifth Wheel' Episode 211 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Clooney' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Clooney' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lonnie Chavis as Randall, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Parker Bates as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number One' Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Logan Shorter as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Niles Fitch as Randall, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The 20's' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The 20's' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Brothers' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca-- (Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Brothers' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as Randall -- (Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Still There' Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson-- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Still There' Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Parker Bates as Kevin Pearson-- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Deja Vu' Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Deja Vu' Episode 203 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Moonshadow' Episode118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jeremy Luke as Darryl, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Moonshadow' Episode118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Jeremy Luke as Darryl -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Wynn Everett as Shelly -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Three Sentences' Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Three Sentences' Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Three' Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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