For every Bruce Willis, there are a dozen David Carusos. That transition from TV success to film stardom is the rarest of all Hollywood feats. It's a tough pill to swallow, but there's some indistinguishable stigma that keeps TV stars from lighting the world on fire in the world of film. But, that doesn't mean Hollywood hasn't stopped trying. Nor should they. I don't understand why Jennifer Aniston of Sarah Michelle Gellar never became big-ticket leading ladies on the big screen, and the same goes for a handful of other actors and actresses. I bring this all up because Heroes
star Milo Ventimiglia
's first movie as a leading man was released today. The film, entitled Pathology
, is about pathology doctors who engage in a deadly, high-stakes murderous game.
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Milo Ventimiglia has become something of a gossip magazine target recently because of his romance with fellow Heroes
co-star Hayden Panettiere
. This relationship is so gossip-worthy because of the massive age difference between the two – Milo is 30 years old while Hayden is only 18. I only mention this because there is a distinct difference between gossip magazine fame and lead actor in a movie fame. And, at this point, I don't see Milo as having the kind of clout to bring in the big ticket sales as the lead in a Hollywood film. And, apparently, neither do Pathology's
Pathology was written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the team who wrote the well-regarded Jason Statham/Amy Smart action movie Crank. Pathology was originally supposed to be released last November, but for business reasons the release was delayed until now. The film was not screened to critics in advance, which is never a good sign. The film is a gruesome, gory medical thriller, with a certain kind of CSI
vibe. If that's something you might enjoy, it comes out in limited release today. Regardless, we'll see more of Milo in season 3 of Heroes
, which premieres in September on NBC.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of NBC)