If you’re currently suffering from This is Us withdrawal (hey, crying once a week for an hour straight is therapeutic), everyone’s favourite TV dad Milo Ventimiglia is in a new movie, The Art of Racing in the Rain, that will jerk the tears just as hard as the Pearson gang. Or maybe even harder. Milo, plus an adorable dog, plus a “Circle of Life”-type storyline all in one movie? It might just be too much for our hearts to handle.
Ventimiglia visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night ahead of the film’s premiere and we’re already getting a little misty-eyed listening to him talk about the dogs he worked with. In the movie, Milo’s character adopts a sweet golden retriever named Enzo as a puppy and Ventimiglia got to play opposite two dogs which he couldn’t help falling in love with. He had a particular bond with the one, Parker, who plays the two-year-old version of Enzo.
“This dog just had the most beautiful soul and he had the best temperament. He was my guy,” he said. “I was kinda poking around about him, like, ‘Where does Parker live? Who does Parker live with?'” AW.
Unfortunately for Milo, Parker already had a home with his trainer, and unfortunately for us, that little tidbit has already turned us into piles of mush. That man can pull on our heartstrings like no other!
The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on the bestselling novel by Garth Stein—think A Dog’s Purpose—and follows Denny Swift (Ventimiglia), an aspiring race car driver, through the eyes of his dog Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who narrates the story. The film sees Denny learn, love and grow, alongside the loves of his life—his wife Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) and his true best friend, Enzo. AKA a recipe for all the feels.
“When you see it, you will be happy, and sad, and filled with energy, buuuut, you’re gonna cry,” Ventimiglia warned in a trailer for the film. Normally we take music cues to mean we need to bring tissues, but this movie has a full-on Tissue Warning. Noted.
Who else is counting down the days until This is Us returns to CTV on September 25?