Eva Lin on the John Carter Facebook group came up with this very interesting interview of Andrew Stanton and Taylor Kitsch from “Kinopoesk”, a Russian site. It’s an interview they did as part of the promotion during their visit to Moscow — and in it Stanton makes some interesting comments about Burroughs fans and his casting of Taylor Kitsch.
Here is the link to the translated version of the Russian page:
Kinopoesk Stanton Kitsch Interview
Here is a transcript of the relevant portions of what Stanton says in the interview:
About his feelings about the film
Every film is precious….I’ve been very blessed that any film I’ve worked on is something that I’ve chosen, and I want to work on, it’s like your own child, you care so much.
About the adaptation and casting of Taylor Kitsch
The harsh truth is that the burroughs fans are slowly, slowly fading. I don’t have some big Harry Potter problem where everybody is going to be offended if I change anything. it was the opposite. i was afraid it was going to fall down the sewer grate of history and no one was going to find it again. I wanted to make sure. I feel like this lucky kid that in the 80’s somebody decided to make comic books about it. had they not I would never have discovered th books. it’s somebody that carried…complexity of history just for sitting there…that’s what I saw in taylor when I saw him in Friday night lights. I saw this character who was trying to hide a lot and I thought he made that so interesting ……and there are just some actors, they are more interesting to watch as they listen than the other actor who is talking. that’s a rare gift. and that was one of the reasons ….
About his take on the character of John Carter
All those things i describe are things I got just as a viewer…i always remembered …a character as iconic like john carter can be very vanilla, very boring, like I am the hero….he reads like that in the book. i needed someone to counter that.I wanted someone where all the novel, justice, have to save the day, take that risk, be crazy, all on the inside. and what would make it more interesting, he didn’t want to be attached to that anymore. that’s what made it interesting for Taylor…..
COMMENT: This is not new — but his formulation here is a little more complete than in some of the other interviews (and I’ve been reading them all as I work on “Hollywood vs Mars”). What I’m interesting in hearing is — for those who disagree with what he did with the character of John Carter — does what he says here in any way cause you to think, well, I don’t agree but I see what his concern was and why he was concerned? Or do you just consider him to not “get it” at all, and that these concerns are trifling, and the changes made were simply not needed, no matter what he says about why he did it?