Ac­tor prefers green hills to green screen

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IN case one for­gets ac­tor Tay­lor Kitsch is Cana­dian, the guy brings you around to that fact quickly by ask­ing, in a phone in­ter­view, “Where are you in Win­nipeg?” He says he re­mem­bers the city well from his days play­ing Ju­nior A hockey when he was younger. “I ac­tu­ally played against the Selkirk Steel­ers,” he says. If you didn’t re­al­ize he had a Cana­dian con­nec­tion, bear in mind Kitsch, 33, by­passed the usual route of do­ing film and tele­vi­sion in Canada. The 33-year-old pro­ceeded im­me­di­ately into Amer­i­can TV star­dom play­ing al­co­holic full­back Tim Rig­gins in the ac­claimed TV se­ries Fri­day Night Lights be­fore segue­ing into big-budget movies such as X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine, John Carter and Bat­tle­ship. FP: Given that you al­most by­passed mak­ing Cana­dian films, did you have a sense of be­ing back in the fold mak­ing TK: I think that part of it alone was re­fresh­ing. To be on lo­ca­tion, es­pe­cially where we were shoot­ing, it just felt like home and it felt like a no-brainer to be a part of it. You al­ways want to come back as much as you can and I love be­ing Cana­dian and be­ing a part of it and ev­ery­thing that goes along with it. So it was kind of a full-cir­cle mo­ment.

FP: Given some huge Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions you’ve done, did mak­ing feel more in­ti­mate or more grounded? TK: It did. It cer­tainly beats any green screen. I get to work off Brendan Glee­son in­stead of a pink X on a 150-foot green­screen wall. I’ll take Brendan any day of the week. He’s so en­dear­ing and I haven’t met many ac­tors who care about the ma­te­rial more than he does. He made this movie bet­ter on so many lev­els. He truly car­ries the film. FP: Were you fa­mil­iar with the talent in New­found­land given that, like a lot of Cana­di­ans, your ex­po­sure to ac­tors such as Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Mark Critch might have been through

or go­ing way back, TK: It was prob­a­bly even less than that. Iron­i­cally, it was through hockey. I had played with a cou­ple of New­fies and their ver­biage was what I knew of them. That was it. FP: Your char­ac­ter in the movie comes from a mi­lieu that feels kind of Hol­ly­wood. He’s a co­caine-abus­ing plas­tic sur­geon. Did your Hol­ly­wood ex­pe­ri­ence in any way in­form your grasp of Dr. Lewis? TK: No. But he prob­a­bly would have been douche-ier if he had come from there.

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