Brothers Nicky (Michael Angarano), on the left, and Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) embrace while they served in the army during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Ron Batzdorff, NBC)

You can not say that Michael Angarano does not engage to play Nicky, younger brother of Jack Pearson, on NBC's "This Is Us".

He was so much in the character at a fight scene in the Tuesday episode that he accidentally hit the co-star Milo Ventimiglia in the face, instead of just giving him the chance. print to be connected.

In recent weeks, viewers have seen Nicky, once affable, become sullen and self-destructive while his military service in the war with Vietnam weighed him down. Angarano got into the show, getting a team cup and losing weight to turn the United States Nicky into a haunting character who rejects the advice and protection of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia).

"When Jack met Nicky for the first time in Vietnam, they described him as physically scrawny, so I decided to go on a diet." I ended up losing, with the time, between 15 and 20 pounds, which really made all the difference., "he says. "It did me something physically, it helped me focus on that physical shell that Nicky is when we see him."

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Nicky (Michael Angarano) is approaching a decisive point in Vietnam during the fall finale of This This Us, from the NBC channel. (Photo: Ron Batzdorff, NBC)

He maintained that level of commitment – by pushing things a little too far away – during a fight scene between Nicky and Jack that was shown in The mid-season finale of Tuesday.

"It was intense enough that I lost control of my distance and accidentally hit Milo in the face. He glanced at me in the middle of the stage and, deep in my head, I thought, "He's really angry. right now, "said Angarano." At the end of the scene, I replayed it in my head and I told him, "I hit you, did not you?" He said: "Oh, yes, you hit me." And I say, "I'm really sorry." I accidentally hit him in the face. "

Nicky Pearson (Michael Angarano), character of "This Is Us", left, seen with his brother, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), looks very different before his transformation during the military service in Vietnam. (Photo: Ron Batzdorff, NBC)

When asked if the show had used this take, he replied, "I hope so."

Angarano, 30, explains that Nicky and Jack's scenes in Vietnam, directed by Ken Olin, "have been very challenging and challenging." As a guest actor, everyone is taking care of me, from Milo to producers, writers and directors, it was truly an intense experience. "

Viewers will see more of Nicky from Angarano – and an older version of Nicky played by Griffin Dunne, as the episode revealed in a shocking way Jack's brother is alive in the present – when "This Is Us" returns for the second half of Season 3 on January 15th.

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