Taylor Kitsch: JustJared.com Exclusive Interview!
The 30-year-old actor sat down with JustJared.com to chat about his new movie, John Carter, which hits theaters this Friday (March 9).
Taylor also opened up about his fit physique, whether he’d do a Friday Night Lights movie, and what he considers his biggest accomplish so far in his career.
Click inside for JustJared.com‘s full interview with Taylor Kitsch…
JJ: The billboards for John Carter are all over Los Angeles. How are you feeling with this film’s huge release?
TK: It helps when your so proud of it and the work you did. It makes it a lot easier when I’m excited about it. You know what you’re getting into when you sign up to do something like this.
JJ: How did this project come about?
TK: I just got a call from my manager and she asked if I would take a general meeting with [director] Andrew Stanton, so it wasn’t a question. It was basically a meeting just to get to know one another, just because it’s a three picture deal, hopefully. They were saying before that this could possibly be a 10-year job. I had the meeting and it was amazing. I walked out of that meeting ready to do anything to get that role, and then that process came in to play. I did cold reads and then I earned the screen test and did two 14-hour days in wardrobe and everything.
JJ: The Mars aspect must have been fun for you as an actor. What else attracted you to the project?
TK: I think Stanton as a storyteller. You walk into this first meeting and it was floor to ceiling preparation. You see the world he’s created and you just want to be a part of it. His energy is so infectious. The character is incredible. I wouldn’t have taken the role if it were just action for the sake of action or just to be a part of a big movie. That’s not what drives me in any way shape or form. It was the character [Andrew] talked about. He didn’t talk budget and didn’t talk about effects in that meeting and I think that’s when you know you’re hanging around the right kind of people.
JJ: What was the process for you to get ready for this role?
TK: I wish I walked around looking like that! (laughs)
JJ: You might have to keep up that figure for the next 10 years!
TK: It’s a challenge, put it that way. It’s more of a marathon to keep it that way, which is very tough, especially when you’re working as well. It’s not like I was just working out and resting. I hope to do another one!
JJ: How did your workout change?
TK: It’s just discipline, even more of it. I worked out at 4:30 in the morning before work, surrounded every meal with protein, taking in twice as much food and then the discipline truly comes with the training, but more with just the diet.
JJ: It’s rumored a Friday Night Lights movie is in the works. Would you do it?
TK: I don’t know. I haven’t read the script. For me personally that the fans were a huge factor is the reason for us going five seasons. I really have felt the love since [the show] has ended – people coming up to me and saying, “Oh my God, I can’t believe it’s over.” I loved playing that guy.
JJ: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment so far in your career?
TK: I think we have a f—— amazing year coming out, man. I’m very proud that these guys are completely different, from working with Andrew Stanton to Pete Berg to Oliver Stone. Working with [John] Travolta to Willem Dafoe, really just growing as an actor and as a person.
JJ: You have some awesome films coming out this year, including Savages.
TK: That’s going to be an incredible movie! I haven’t even seen it and I just feel that way. It’s just one of those things that while you are doing it, you’re just like, “Oh man, this is going to be good when you cut this thing.”
JJ: Did you enjoy working with Blake Lively in that film?
TK: I didn’t have a lot [of scenes] with Blake. She’s very sweet, but she gets kidnapped in the beginning of the story. I did a lot with Travolta and Benicio Del Toro and Aaron Johnson.
JJ: Awesome cast!
TK: Oh yeah, self explanatory.