“Gotham” has seen more than its fair share of evil throughout Season 1, but with the introduction of the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia), things are really going to get dark.
Though the Ogre — real name Jason Lennon — shares the moniker with a comic book villain, the two characters are not connected. The show’s version is a serial killer wreaking havoc on Gotham City. With that in mind, it only seems right that Ventimiglia would look to actual serial killers when creating the character.
“I did kind of get in the mind of serial killers. Ted Bundy, he’s someone I could liken this guy to because of how he approached women and how he approached life,” the actor tells Zap2it.
“[Jason’s] looking for love and to the extreme he’s looking for unconditional love,” Ventimiglia explains. “His want to have that is very genuine, his want to have that is very true. But the way that he gets to it — to basically have women prove to him that they love him unconditionally — is wrong.”
Of course, when the women he chooses don’t live up to his impossibly high standards, the Ogre is left with no alternative but to “discard them violently.”
Unfortunately for Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), The Ogre also has a habit of going after the loved ones of cops who try to catch him. That could mean bad news for both Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), the two women connected to Gordon.
Perhaps the Ogre is underestimating just how powerful Gordon is, though. “[Gordon is] another notch in his belt, it’s another thorn to pull off of a rose before you hand it to somebody. It’s a nuisance, a flea on a dog,” Ventimiglia says. “In Jason’s arrogance, he doesn’t believe him to be any more powerful than anybody else he’s had to deal with, and certainly not anymore powerful than he believes himself to be.”
Of course, Ventimiglia knows what those who watch “Gotham” know: “That is where he’s wrong. Jim Gordon is not an everyday cop, he’s not an everyday detective. He’s f***ing Jim Gordon,” he says with a laugh. He’s the last person whose loved ones you want to go after.
Ventimiglia will guest star as the Ogre on three episodes of “Gotham,” starting Monday (April 13) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.