by Ryan Rigley
Do you ever get the feeling that you're being watched? Milo Ventimiglia sure does!
Crackle's newest web series "Chosen" revolves around loving father Ian Mitchell, a criminal lawyer who is forced to kill an innocent man in order to protect his family. After a mysterious wooden box shows up on Mitchell's doorstep, he's forced to take part in a deadly game orchestrated by unseen forces known only as the Watchers.
"They’re sick, they’re twisted, they’re pulling the strings, and they have very, very, very deep reach," Ventimiglia told MTV News. "Anybody could be involved and it’s often times the people you don’t expect that are involved. They’re always watching!"
"Ian’s a guy who wears a suit and tie and gets in front of a judge and defends crimes for a living," Ventimiglia elaborated on his character. "So how do you fall into that world of protect your own and survival without totally fumbling the ball a couple of times? He’s a human being first and foremost. And he’s an every day guy who has never stepped outside of that action he’s confronted with in the show."
"Chosen" is an emotionally taxing series to say the least. Chock full of dramatic twists and turns, you never quite know what's going to happen next. Ian Mitchell finds this out the hard way as he quickly makes the mistake of going to the police, who are, of course, in cahoots with the Watchers.
"The Watchers I think were created as this faceless baddie but you never know who’s doing what," explained Ventimiglia on his unseen antagonists. "You may have heard of corruption and what not, but there’s no way a cop is involved in something like this. So I think that’s the terrifying part of the Watchers."
After being supplied with a target, an expiration date, and a gun, Ian is immediately placed under 24 hour surveillance and eventually has his own daughter taken as collateral.
"That’s the great thing about taking a challenging role, about taking something that’s outside of your comfort zone," said Ventimiglia on preparing for the part. "I don’t have a daughter but how would I react? Or in the moment when I’m supposed to kill someone. Can you go through with it or not? Are you going to break down emotionally?"
Ian Mitchell may come off as a cold-blooded killer, but it's amazing what lengths people will go to in order to protect their loved ones. So how would Milo Ventimiglia act if placed in the same situation?
"I mean, I’m a vegetarian. I don’t even kill to satisfy my pallet," Ventimiglia joked. "When you need to give a definitive answer right away on instinct, yes, of course, to protect my own. But when you’re confronted with that, when that’s really sitting in front of you? I hope to never have to answer that question."
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