Taylor Kitsch does a James Dean-inspired shoot for GQ: tired or lovely?

I wrote my first Taylor Kitsch story last week, and it seemed to go over pretty well, so let’s try it again. As you already know, Kitsch is Canadian, he studied to be a nutritionist, he’s 30 years old, and he currently lives in Austin, Texas. He’s currently promoting his first lead role, in John Carter. As such, he has a surprisingly lengthy interview in the April issue of GQ – you can read the full piece here. The photo shoot, as you can see here, is James Dean-inspired, which… ugh. I mean, Kitsch looks fine styled as James Dean circa Giant/Rebel With a Cause. But I wish magazines, stylists and photographers would stop falling back on the James Dean stuff. When Zac Efron does a Dean-inspired shoot, you know that the movement has died. Anyway, here are some highlights from the GQ piece:

He almost went pro… for hockey: “I did. I played pretty darn competitive-level hockey. Then the good old knee injury. Obviously, it’s a blessing in disguise, but growing up Canadian, that’s our religion, that’s our football. I’m a small-town Canadian cat, so I could relate to [Friday Night Lights character] Riggs quickly and easily.”

His thoughts on James Dean: “Dean is just an icon. Timeless. That’s the kind of work you want to do as an actor. If 15, 20, 30 years after I’m gone you could turn on a movie that I’ve been a part of? At the end of the day, that’s all you’re going to have. The guys I look up to, a Daniel Day, a Penn, they make you work as a viewer. I admire an actor that can do a lot with doing nothing really, for the most part. I like doing a lot by doing so little. And I really loved that about Riggs. You just want to shake him sometimes.”

Texas and Africa: “I’ve always been a big country guy. There’s a lot of Texas artists—Randy Rogers, of course, and Pat Green come to mind. There’s some watering holes within Austin I love. A good old rodeo never hurt anyone. And those Texas sunsets… I work a lot in Africa: Texas and Africa have the best sunsets on the planet, that I’ve ever seen.”

Why he lives in Austin and not LA: “Oh, God, I could give you a million reasons why not L.A. I know actors that love the celebrity. For me, it’s tough because you’re doing six months of press. That’s why you put all the work in and almost f–king kill yourself, because if you’ve got to talk about it a million times, you’d better be proud. And I can’t work. I lost a job that I wish I could have been a part of—three scenes in a character-driven movie that I’d murder to be a part of. But you sound like you’re playing the violin when you say it. Relationships and friends go to the wayside. You get angry because it’s press that’s pulling you and not the work. And how do you f–king build a relationship with a gal that you care for and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be gone for eight weeks. I expect you to have the same feelings as right now in eight weeks. But I’ll be in Japan, Russia, Spain…’ You can’t expect it. It’s unfair. I think I chose to build in Austin because, in Austin, I can come and escape and be myself.”

This is his year: “2012 is really make-or-break, isn’t it? I mean you’ve got John Carter and then you got Battleship, and then we end with a true bang in Savages with Oliver Stone. What are you gonna say? I mean, if Oliver Stone calls you you’re going to f–king go. Pete Berg calls you, you should go. Andrew Stanton asks me to be an extra in this Indie he’s doing? You want me to get coffee on the way to the set?”

[From GQ]

He curses a lot. More than I was expecting. I’m not judging, I have a filthy mouth too, but I think I might try to clean it up a little if I was being interviewed by GQ. Of course, when I’m nervous, I cuss more. Maybe that’s Taylor’s problem too. As for 2012 being his year… well… most people think John Carter is going to bomb. And then Battleship will do well, maybe. And then The Savages will probably be an Oliver Stone mess. Who knows?

By the way, would you like to talk about Kitsch’s Letterman interview? I’m not going to get into the whole story (you can read about at LaineyGossip), but basically this dude completely mixed up two Asian countries. He filmed a movie in Indonesia – and during the interview, he goes on and on about the Philippines. Just a dumb mistake? Or is it racist and ignorant?

Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Goldberg/GQ, GQ’s slideshow.

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  1. bea says:

    I agree – these throw-back photo shoots are way over-done. He doesn’t particularly look like James Dean in any of them.

    I saw the Letterman interview. He came across as a cute and charming. He’s got a brain, but I can totally see him mixing facts up.

    He’s cuter than these pics would indicate.

  2. Laura says:

    uggh, he looks nothing like James Dean at all.
    It still amazes me that James Dean only made 3 films and he’s more famous now then most actors will ever be after a life time of work.

    • Tapioca says:

      A lot of James Dean’s fame probably has to do with his tragic early end.

      Who ever would have heard of Lupe Velez today if she hadn’t drowned in her toilet? Multiply that notoriety by a handful of genuinely successful, well-received movies and you’ve got yourself an icon.

      John Carter may flop, but at least Taylor Kitsch will always have The Covenant. With Taylor, Chace Crawford, Steven Strait & Toby Hemingway and a 3% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s the Citizen Kane of crappy movies about hot young things in tighty-whities!

      • Gene Parmesan says:

        oh he was in that? hot damn thats such an eye candy movie!! love it i couldnt really tell you what went on in it though

  3. brin says:

    Love the first pic even if it’s been done before. He seems likeable and not full of himself.

  4. Dredz says:

    James Franco is the closest one we have to Dean today. Dean is what Marilyn Monroe is to so many female starlets

    • Laura says:

      Totally, and absolutely loved James Franco as James Dean in the biopic, he really does look a lot like him.

  5. Samigirl says:

    Disappointment. The last one is actually decent, though. And why doesn’t East of Eden get any love?

  6. lucy2 says:

    The next time a photographer or whoever suggests one of these old Hollywood star themes, the people need to say NO!

    Neither of his movies interest me much, but I like him a lot from FNL, so I hope he does well.

  7. jinni says:

    Talk about beating a dead horse. Hollywood really needs to come up with new myths and legends, because they’re sucking the glamour and mystique out of the old ones.

  8. Tiffany27 says:

    I think he’s college campus hot. Like if I saw him on my way to class I would take notice, but compared to other actors he doesn’t seem all that to me.

    • Adrien says:

      That’s what I thought too. He’s a good-looking hunk but too generic looking. That could be Josh Brolin on that “James Dean carrying a bag of cement” photo.
      He mistook Indonesia for the Philippines. Don’t worry about that,Taylor. Everyone mistook him for Josh Duhamel or Tim Olyphant or even Taylor Kinney.

      • podzol says:

        Now that you say it, he does look like Olyphant and Kinney’s love child.

      • Gabrielle says:

        No way. I saw him on a red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival. I didn’t know who he was, but I thought he was completely unbelievably beautiful in person. Collin Ferrel was there too and this guy was hotter.

  9. Fyofeelings says:

    Please can they stop doing this first the crack monster and her marilyn monroe photo shoot that I’m sure had her rolling in her grave now this! look just take the damn picture stop trying to channel old hollywood legends its getting annoying.

  10. Jacqu says:

    It borders on racist, because hey, all these countries have the same people, RIGHT!? The fact that he didn’t bother to correct letterman doesn’t speak well of him. I was pretty much ready to like him and the movie too.

    • Angel says:

      He’s been the talk of the town in the Philippines because of that iPhone thing. He was never in the Philippines.

  11. Dawn says:

    I like Taylor he’s cute, charming and harmless. I wish him a long and successful career. As far as Letterman goes I didn’t see it so I can’t comment on the interview or whatever the hell “borders on racist” means.

  12. Eve says:

    I’ve been trying to care about this guy but I simply can’t. I know he’s supposed to be attractive but I find his nose really weird. Don’t like the squinty eyes either.

    Lainey (at Laineygossip) keeps talking him up but the only reason why I’ll watch John Carter is the presence of James Purefoy and Dominic West.

    • Marjalane says:

      I know- Lainey luuurrrvves him! He’s o.k. I guess. but short, really short. At 5’10”, I have a short bias.

      • Sarah says:

        He isn’t 5’10” though. He’s more like 6′. I’m 5’10” and he was def taller than me when I met him.

    • Camille (The original) says:

      I agree Eve. I find him very ‘meh’.

      And James Purefoy is in that awful looking movie? Well in that case, I will have to rent it. I’ll see pretty much anything he is in. Oh and Dominic West- bonus! <3

  13. tiredofrumers says:

    tired??? tim riggins is perfect, shut your hole!!!!

    as far as the asian country mix up, we have all had brain farts. no big deal.

    • DorothyZbornak says:

      Right? I’m trying to care about what he says or whether his photo genre is tired, but all I can think is “ooohhhhhhh, Tim Riggins. So hot.”

  14. Sarah says:

    He’s right about Texas sunsets; they’re absolutely beautiful. Now I’m extra homesick 🙁

  15. Maggie says:

    Damn, he looks good in those blue jeans, and Texas does have the best sunsets.

  16. Tamiko says:

    I just moved to Austin, so obviously we’re going to be married soon. My crush on this man is ridiculous! Don’t ruin my dreams!!

  17. harfang says:

    Tired. A variation on the theme might have worked fine, he does have the overall look for that to be viable.

  18. Vera says:

    At least in the last one he looks like Johnny Depp from the Rum Diaries to me.

    I’ve liked him for a while, but I think that he may be better for smaller parts. Not really small, but no lead. He was fine in X-Men, but he didn’t have a large part. Never really watched Friday Night Lights. I am intrigued by John Carter as it is from books I have an interest in reading and I’ve heard the movie is much better than expectations, but it will still probably bomb just because the budget was so high.

    And as for this shoot…it’s alright. The James Dean theme will never die out much like the Marilyn Monroe theme. At least it isn’t too in-your-face like many Marilyn ones can be.

  19. DeltaJuliet says:

    I went to see this movie this weekend with my SIL, nephew and son. It was AWFUL.