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