“It bothered me that people were so wrapped up in wanting to know [about] Jack’s death,” the actor tells the New York Post. “Whenever someone would say to me, ‘I was bummed I didn’t find out,’ I would say, ‘I’m disappointed you didn’t focus on his life.’ ”
“People are dissatisfied no matter what,” he says. “If Jack dies: ‘Why did you kill him?’ If Jack lives: ‘Why didn’t you show us how he died?’ ”
“People just need to calm down … and understand that things are going to unfold as they’re supposed to unfold,” he adds.
So does Ventimiglia himself know the details of his character’s demise?
“I know how [Jack dies], I know when, I know why,” says the actor, 39. “It didn’t sway me at all. [Executive producer Dan] Fogelman said to me, ‘Milo, don’t worry. Just because Jack is dead in the present day doesn’t mean you’re going to be off the show.’ ”
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One thing that’s certain? When season 2 begins filming in July, Ventimiglia will be just as powerful a presence on set as he was before.
“I try to show up even on the days I’m not working,” he explains. “I do a lot of photography behind the scenes. I shoot everything on film [that takes place] in the past and everything on digital [that takes place] in the present. I try to be around, be that Papa Pearson.”
This Is Us returns to NBC this fall.