SI: Fans may be surprised to learn that you were a 112-pound all-county wrestler in high school.
Ventimiglia: As a senior I was ranked fourth in California. I wasn't the biggest or strongest, so I tried to be the fastest and smartest.
SI: What else do you play?
Ventimiglia: I used to snowboard but gave it up. When you're making a lot of money and bust an ankle or a nose, you're in deep s—.
SI: How did you and Sylvester Stallone spend downtime while shooting Rocky Balboa last year?
Ventimiglia: We talked about Edgar Allan Poe. He's got a script about Poe, and it's one of the coolest things I've read. [Stallone] has a lot more to him than people think.
SI: Did you two ever get in the ring?
Ventimiglia: Nah. My goal is to never get hit. I'm the exact opposite of Rocky.
SI: Did you show him your Sly impression?
Ventimiglia: No way. Again, I don't like to get punched.
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