Af­ter con­quer­ing the Lone Star state, Cana­dian hunk Tay­lor Kitsch is mak­ing his mark on Mars. James Wigney re­ports

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

For­mer model storms the big screen.

FOR­MER model Tay­lor Kitsch isn’t afraid to bite the hand that once fed him. The Cana­dian- born star of TV drama

Fri­day Night Lights, who has two huge Hol­ly­wood block­busters open­ing in com­ing months, has fol­lowed in the foot­steps of stars such as Chan­ning Ta­tum, Mark Wahlberg and Ash­ton Kutcher while mak­ing the tran­si­tion from the cat­walk to the big screen.

But don’t ex­pect him to be go­ing back any time soon.

‘‘ I truly and hon­estly say that I am not a fan of it and it’s quite soul­less s---,’’ the can­did Kitsch says.

‘‘ It was more just a means to me, a segue to get to where I needed to be, but it’s very un­ful­fill­ing. I was more than ready to leave all that s--- be­hind.’’

Like good Canucks from Michael Bu­ble to Mike My­ers, Kitsch, 30, grew up want­ing to be a pro­fes­sional ice hockey player be­fore a knee in­jury ended his ca­reer. He moved to New York in 2002, sign­ing with sports and me­dia gi­ant IMG and mod­el­ling for hip la­bels such as Diesel and Aber­crom­bie and Fitch as well be­com­ing a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer.

All the while he was study­ing act­ing and slowly started pick­ing up roles in films such as John Tucker Must Die and the off­beat 2006 ac­tion film Snakes on a

Plane. But his real break­through came when he landed a ma­jor part in Fri­day

Night Lights, the cult foot­ball drama set in Texas that ran for five years be­fore wind­ing up in 2011.

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