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Taylor Kitsch GQ March 2012

Taylor Made for Texas

Taylor Kitsch parlayed a memorable stint on Friday Night Lights into two Texas-sized leading roles in John Carter and Battleship. The former Tim Riggins talks about a momentous year and his adopted Lone Star state of mind.

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They do things big in Texas, and now so does Taylor Kitsch. Perhaps those four years shooting Friday Night Lights in Austin rubbed off, but the actor is taking a giant leap from ensemble parts to leading-man roles in two ginormous (as in budgeted over $200 million) films: March's Martian epic John Carter and May's big-things-blowing-up blockbuster Battleship, co-starring Liam Neeson and Rihanna. His smallest film? Oliver Stone's drug cartel crime film The Savages. "This year is really make-or-break," Kitsch concedes. John Carter, directed by Pixar genius Andrew Stanton (Wall-E), stars Kitsch as a Confederate soldier zapped to Mars. (The character is from a 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs serial that George Lucas has said inspired Star Wars.) Battleship transforms the board game into an alien invasion on the high seas—one of those so-inane-it-might-work ideas, especially in the hands of director Peter Berg, creator of Friday Night Lights." Off-camera, the Canadian actor is making like Tim Riggins and staying in Texas, where he's building his dream house in Austin. "Texas forever," drawls Kitsch, reprising his Friday Night Lights money line. "It looks like it's going to be that way, too." We spoke to Kitsch about his three films, his new home, and his patented shoelace-tying technique, which may just change your life.

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GQ: Are there other Texan things you've gotten into?
Taylor Kitsch: I've always been a big country guy. There's a lot of Texas artists—Randy Rogers, of course, and Pat Green come to mind. There's some watering holes within Austin I love. A good old rodeo never hurt anyone. And those Texas sunsets... I work a lot in Africa: Texas and Africa have the best sunsets on the planet, that I've ever seen.

GQ: Is that why you're settling in Austin and building a house there? Why not L.A.?
Taylor Kitsch: Oh, God, I could give you a million reasons why not L.A. I know actors that love the celebrity. For me, it's tough because you're doing six months of press. That's why you put all the work in and almost fucking kill yourself, because if you've got to talk about it a million times, you'd better be proud. And I can't work. I lost a job that I wish I could have been a part of—three scenes in a character-driven movie that I'd murder to be a part of. But you sound like you're playing the violin when you say it. Relationships and friends go to the wayside. You get angry because it's press that's pulling you and not the work. And how do you fucking build a relationship with a gal that you care for and say, "Hey, I'm going to be gone for eight weeks. I expect you to have the same feelings as right now in eight weeks. But I'll be in Japan, Russia, Spain..." You can't expect it. It's unfair. I think I chose to build in Austin because, in Austin, I can come and escape and be myself.


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Entire interview at: Source
Tags: actor / actress, friday night lights (nbc), magazine covers and articles
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