The Sydney Morning Herald has an extensive interview with Taylor Kitsch. I’m not sure exactly when Kitsch gave this interview, but it just appeared today at SMH.
Widely and wildly maligned, John Carter was neither the box office nor filmic failure that it has been held out to be.
John Carter is an action-adventure that moves in location from the wild west of North America to Mars, known to its inhabitants as Barsoom. The title character, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It’s a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
With a production budget estimated at a quarter of a billion dollars, and the additional expectations of Disney positioning the film to help them break into an audience demographic they have always struggled to fill, the film always had a mountain to climb. A heavily criticised marketing campaign resulted in a weak North American box office return ($75 million) however internationally the film was a success making more than $200 million and earning a number of positive reviews.
Taylor Kitsch sat down with us to relive his experience in the title to promote the film’s home entertainment release, which Disney hopes will gives the film a new reputation.
Taylor, what was it like to work on an epic project like John Carter?
Working on this movie was incredibly demanding, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I had tons of action scenes in the movie and it was exhausting because I had long, very physical days for four months straight. However, it was all worth it.
How would you describe your average day on the set of John Carter?
In the beginning, I’d start training at 4.30am in the morning before going to work on set all day and way into the night. Sometimes I’d get home at 10pm – but I’d be doing this all week. It was tough, but it was also fun. I feel like I had to put all of that energy into my character to portray what John Carter is like as a person because he’s a hero and a warrior. It’s amazing to see everything come to life in the finished film.
What went through your mind when you saw the finished movie for the first time?
I thought it was awesome! It’s tough to watch myself on the screen – but I’m very proud of this movie. I’m also proud of the movie’s director, Andrew Stanton. I’m proud of [co-star] Lynn Collins and everyone that’s been part of the movie. We’ve had so many great actors involved in the project, from Willem Dafoe to Dominic West, as well as an incredible crew and stunt team.