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    Damn

    I really do hope his newest movie doesn't flop.

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    Life is generally unfair, but for Taylor Kitsch, the star of two mega-bombs, John Carter and Battleship, over the past three months, life and fate have heaped bad cards on to staggering levels. And now there are indications that a third film that he's a significant costar of, Oliver Stone's Savages (Universal, July 6), may not do all that well either.


    Taylor Kitsch, star of John Carter and Battleship, costar of Savages.

    During yesterday's Oscar Poker chat, Boxoffice.com's Phil Contrino projected that Savages will earn only about about $14 million on opening weekend. Not too bad from a layman's perspective perhaps, but for a heavily promoted big-studio action flick with several recognizable names (Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta, Demian Bichir) and the Stone insignia, not exactly something to pop champagne over.

    Late yesterday a German distributor friend told me if Savages under-performs or crashes Kitsch's career will be in trouble. Contrino feels the same way.

    "A young career cannot survive three bombs in a row and still hold on to real momentum," he said today. "Kitsch has had unbelievably bad luck. If he wants to rebound, he'll have to pick an interesting project from a trustworthy director. Working with Peter Berg again" -- the IMDB says Kitch's next film is Lone Survivor, a Berg-directed actioner about a mission to kill a Taliban leader" -- "is not the solution."

    Is it fair when lead actors take the hit for starring in unsuccessful films? Nope, but that's the general rule. When they star in hits, they always get a career boost. When they star in a flop, the industry usually doesn't get too shook up and cuts them a break. But when they star in two tanks in a row, the stock drops. People start looking askance and saying "hmm, I don't know." And with three...?

    Orlando Bloom went down and hasn't yet recovered from starring in two bombs in a row -- '05's Kingdom of Heaven and Elizabethtown.

    The other big factor, for me, is that Kitsch doesn't radiate much inner intelligence or light...no fire and definitely not a lot of technique. If you ask me his on-screen vibe is almost in the shark-eyed, anti-matter realm of Rob Pattinson.

    I asked a few journo-critic friends for opinions. They all cut Kitsch a break, and that's my inclination as far as the box-office situation is concerned. But still...

    Marshall Fine: "To the average moviegoer, I can't imagine that any of these films registered as 'a Taylor Kitsch movie.' Nor do I think there is much of a Taylor Kitsch following, except among former Friday Night Lights fans. On the other hand, I don't think the guy is much of an actor.

    "Of course studio idiots will see this as his fault, though Carter and Battleship were sold as an effects extravaganzas and Savages is being sold as an Oliver Stone film. Will Kitsch take the hit? Really, it's his agent and his acting coach who should take the blame.

    "Having collected what are probably big paychecks for these movies, Kitsch should scale back his lifestyle to make the money last, buy himself some acting classes and work in low-budget indys for a while...or perhaps go back to TV."

    Coming Soon's Edward Douglas: "I think Savages will be lucky to make $12 million its opening weekend to be honest, but that's really not Taylor Kitsch's show or his fault. From what I understand, it's more of an ensemble piece and just as much of that relies on the better-known John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and even Blake Lively, who was being sold as some sort of 'It Ggirl' based on The Town but hasn't really shown much acting talent beyond that.

    "I'm also not sure either if John Carter or Battleship could be considered Kitsch's fault as these were huge budget movies being sold more on the vision of the filmmakers and the original properties than on him having any drawing power. He's just an actor who both Andrew Stanton and Peter Berg trusted to be able to pull off the role of a hero amidst lots of action and FX-driven eye candy, but neither movie even used his name in the advertising from what I remember.

    "Sure, his career would be in better shape if either of those were hits, but these days, movies really can't be sold only for the stars and many of the year's more profitable movies such as The Devil Inside, Project X and Chronicle did decently and I doubt anyone could name a single actor in any of them. (Same for the Paranormal Activity movies.) I'm guessing there will always be star-driven films like Men in Black 3, Maleficent, and anything Brad Pitt stars in, but Hollywood has already been shying away from big budget star-driven vehicles and I think as long as Kitsch can prove himself to be versatile actor, he will continue to get work."

    Lewis Beale: "It seems to me we can accuse Kitsch of making bad choices with John Carter and Battleship, but starring in an Oliver Stone film should be a major step up, career-wise. I think the problem here might be that Savages looks really nasty -- violent, hyper-sexualized -- and it's also going up against the new Spider-Man film, so it's a lose-lose.

    "As for Kitsch himself, beyond the terrible last name, which almost begs late-night host jokes, he just seems to be from some cookie-cutter line of new leading men, none of whom really stand out in any way. Other than Chris Pine, I don't see any of these guys -- Kitsch, Channing Tatum, etc. -- hanging on for a long time, because their basic appeal is male model, not movie star."

    I'd reconsider Tatum's situation, Lewis, until you see Magic Mike. Or have you?
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    He was so incredibly hot in John Carter of Mars
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    Why do these moron actors agree to do terrible films?
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    I think he's fug but I know a lot of people think he's hot, he's just not top young actor hot though. He always looks dim, the lights are on but nobody's home. There's no charisma or spark. He chose movies which he probably thought would be huge box office successes but they were risky and mismanaged and they tanked, beyond that he hasn't really done much except FNL. I don't think he's going to be the next big thing, I think he's destined to be a supporting actor or do a bit of tv.
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    Not too familiar with him...maybe it's because I didn't go see those horrible movies he was in. But I kind of do want to see Savages. The only thing stopping me is that Blake Lively chick's horrible narrating in the trailers. I've never seen her act but I tell she prob sucks. The way she narrations was so flat and monotone and not only is her voice annoying, but her pronunciation bothers me too. If I can't even stand 30 seconds of her, I doubt I can sit through a whole 2 hour movie with this chick in it.
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    But what is his ethnicity?
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    I still haven't seen John Carter (Netflix queue...grrrrrr "long wait") but I've seen several of the Savages clips (not just the Blake-narrated bit) and it looks like a really solid film with a stellar cast (esp. Salma Hayek and Benicio). Hopefully Savages will keep him afloat long enough to get some really great roles.

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    I hear ya, Seth! He has had a few great shots and they haven't done well at all with the box office. He is drop dead sexy and has that dirty look in his eyes. I bet he is a wlid cat in the sheets!!

    I actually enjoyed John Carter. It wasn't the best film ever made, but I have watched tons of movies that were way worse. My family and I went to the theater to see Battleship and we really liked it. It had great music, lots of action and shit blowing up. Can't beat that! I also enjoyed The Bang Bang Club. I wasn't aware of that story before the movie. It was interesting to learn what the reporters go through when overseas during wars to bring us the story or pictures. It's always nice to learn something new from a movie, and be entertained for 90 plus minutes.

    I am anxious to see his next two movies, Savages and Lone Survivor. I hope they fair better for him. He seems like a really sweet guy.

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    John Carter was fun, if a bit stupid. It took some really weird deviations from the books, just completely random added stuff, so if you're a fan of the series, be aware. I don't think it deserved the bad rap it received though; it was far better than its trailer. There was some pretty obvious stuff left on the cutting room floor, though.

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    Hated John Carter - its top of my worst movies of 2012. However i am not prepared to write Taylor of yet.

    Like other posters have said he seems like a sweet and genuine guy.

    SuriCruise - i agree with your point that he chose movies he thought would do well at the box office. A bit silly of him really.

    My advice - go the George Clooney route. Take supporting roles in small movies; learn your craft. He may yet become a leading man but the way Hollywood is going the movies they are making are not really star vehicles.


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    Battleship wasn't that bad. It was a decent action movie. I think he's gonna be fine.
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    Kitsch is probably in a better position long term than someone like RPatz. RPatz is so deeply connected with Twilight and makes such bad decisions in choosing his other projects that his career could be in real trouble.

    Kitsch would be better off if one of these three movies at least broke even but he was never pimped in the selling of John Carter or Battleship. He isn't headlining the Savages PR either. It's not like the success of any of these films hinged on him. All of these projects were far bigger than him.

    Disney, particularly the PR department, bears the brunt for John Carter's failure. Battleship is squarely on Peter Berg's shoulders and a better script could've made a huge difference there. Savages will be counted for or against Oliver Stone and no one can blame any member of that cast for agreeing to do a Stone film no matter how big a flop it might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Why do these moron actors agree to do terrible films?
    I honestly do not think a lot of them are given a choice. Money men cook up these colossal piece of shit projects and throw money at agents/managers to 'steer' the favored hungry client into the project while not giving them any viable alternatives in order to assure their 'cooperation'. [half or more of them probably brought on board because some pervert producer wants to fuck 'em] Certainly some of them make their own fatal choices, Saint Angie and Depp in The Tourist comes to mind but these are actors who can wield power on their own.
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    I agree, I think the agents and the film executives control what roles the actors undertake. Especially if they are young and upcoming actors/actresses, they probably don't get a say what movie roles they take.

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    He is way hotter with longer hair. Loved him in Friday Night Lights.

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