So the scene where we see you on the exam table after you’ve been shot through the eye… did you hit the gym a lot in order to get ready for that?
Well, it’s probably been about ten years since I had to take my shirt off for a scene. Let’s just say that when I saw the script I had about two weeks, and there were more pushups and curls done in those two weeks than in the previous two years combined. I keep myself in pretty decent shape but Milo [Ventimiglia, who plays Peter Petrelli] is 30 and ripped, and I’m almost 50 and not quite so ripped, so the bar has been set pretty high on our show. Talk about the fear of god when I saw that scene. I’ve had that happen twice on the show, once where I was given a two and a half page scene all in Japanese, and then where I found out I was going to be naked on the slab. I was like, couldn’t they maybe combine those two scenes? Have me speaking Japanese while I’m naked? Then I’d have a complete nervous breakdown.