'John Carter' star Taylor Kitsch talks about stunt work and possibility of a sequel (+trailer)
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Disney’s sci-fi/fantasy epic John Carter opens in theaters this weekend. Based on the science-fiction series by Edgar Rice Burroughs that influenced multiple genres and enduring properties such as Superman, Star Wars and, ultimately, even Avatar, John Carter follows the story of a an embittered Civil War veteran who makes an unlikely journey to Barsoom (Mars) where the lovely and fierce Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and the warrior Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) seek to enlist him to fight in a brutal planetary conflict.Skip to next paragraph
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We had the chance to sit down with the film’s star Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, the upcoming Battleship) at the John Carter junket in gorgeous Comfort, AZ to talk about the fight training, and the physical and emotional marathon that was John Carter, as well as potential sequels.
Screen Rant: One of the elements that stands out in the film is the stunt work. There are some really fun moments that revolve around the conceit that you are less bound by the gravitational pull on Mars. Can you talk about some of the physical training you had to do for the film?
Taylor Kitsch: “A lot of sword training. I had a guy come into Austin while I was finishing the fourth season of ‘Friday Night Lights.’ Then it was just a diet regimen of an incredibly boring diet for eleven months. Four months before and seven during shooting. And then wire training. The whole shebang. And then, of course, the standard gym workouts to get to that certain aesthetic. It was more of a marathon, and that’s why it was so tough. To do it for that long takes a lot out of you. And plus, shooting six day weeks, and being in arguably every scene of the film, it took a lot to sustain it. That was the toughest part.”
SR: When Edgar Rice Burroughs initially published A Princess of Mars (the first in the Barsoom series) in 1917 it was fifty years after the American Civil War. Enough time for it to be somewhat fresh in the memory but also with enough distance to be more objective. Putting his character, John Carter, in the middle of the a civil war on Mars gave him the freedom to make parallels to what had happened here in the United States and to make a comment about war in general. With the movie coming out nearly a hundred years later, what do you feel like it’s linking to in our contemporary world?
TK: “I think he was just so ahead of his time. And how applicable those books are now is uncanny. From racism to religion, it’s kinda scary that they’re still very prevalent now, those issues. And then of course war with all the revolutions going on, and us being engaged with 50 of them. I think it’s incredible. I think he was truly ahead of his time.”