Taylor Kitsch talks 'John Carter' box office pressure, teases twist (Video)
Even though Taylor Kitsch is carrying most of the weight as lead in the big budget action film "John Carter" the former "Friday Night Lights" actor says he doesn't feel pressure when it comes to the movie's box office success.
"I feel we made a great film and I'm proud of it and there's nothing I can do at this point. I think my pressure has been what I put on myself and I feel I have no regrets about what I put into it," Kitsch told OnThRedCarpet.com. "I'm just more excited for you guys to enjoy the journey that it was to enjoy to make it. I can't really stress about dollars and stuff like that."
Based on the first novel "Princess of Mars" in the 11-volume book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, In "John Carter," Kitsch plays the title character, a former Confederate captain who is transported to Mars. Willem Dafoe plays Tars Tarkas, a leader of an alien race, and used stilts to appear taller for his role. Lynn Collins plays Princess Dejah, Carter's love interest. The book series was, in part, the inspiration for "Star Wars."
The film also stars Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Dominic West and Bryan Cranston.
Kitsch said it wasn't just the action that attracted him to the role.
"I wouldn't take this gig on if it was just action for the sake of action," he said. "I truly wouldn't and when you're dealing with such a brilliant storyteller in Andrew Stanton, it truly is a no-brainer to take and fight for this role."
"John Carter" is the live-action debut of director and writer Stanton, who is the mastermind behind Pixar's "WALL-E" and "Finding Nemo." The action film is set to hit theaters in 2D, Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.
Kitsch appears shirtless several scenes in the film. He also did many of his own stunts.
"To stay at that aesthetic was quite a marathon," he said about his physical shape for the movie. "You know, 11-month diet, training regimen. It was a good test."
Kitsch also teased that there might be something unexpected for fans. "It has some twist that you'll never guess that's coming, so I love that," he said.
"John Carter" was released on Friday, March 9, 2012. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, who produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).