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Totally Taylor--Is this Kitsch's year?

February 06, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

During Sunday's bevy of Super Bowl movie previews, one hunk may have stood head and shoulders above the rest. Small-time guy Taylor Kitsch, who stars in both "Battleship" and "John Carter," looks primed for a breakout this year. Here's five fast Kitsch facts to keep you ahead of the curve. | @redeyedana

1 -- He's not from around these parts

Like 2011 superhottie of the year Ryan Gosling, Kitsch hails from the Great White North. The fact that he's a Vancouver, British Columbia, native means Kitsch is a die-hard Vancouver Canucks fan -- but don't hold it against him too much, Blackhawks faithful.

2 -- You probably miss his Texas accent

The biggest Kitsch fans think of him only as Tim Riggins, the bad boy with a big heart from "Friday Night Lights." The high school football show ended its five-season run last year, but, as Riggins says, "Texas forever."

3 -- He might be a junior Hugh Jackman

Ask "X-Men" geeks which character was missing from the 2000s trilogy, and you'll most likely hear "Gambit." Kitsch picked up the fan fave's bo staff for 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which probably was best known for its majorly, majorly embarrassing leak.

4 -- He's a thrill-seeker

Kitsch's characters aren't the only ones getting into trouble. He told RedEye's Matt Pais during an interview for "The Bang Bang Club" that he and his "Battleship" co-stars would jump off cliffs in Hawaii during shooting. "It's kind of doing things that people say, `What the [bleep] are you doing?'" he said.

5 -- He might have two big movies coming out, but ...

... that doesn't mean they're going to be awesome. Our knee-jerk reaction to "Battleship" was: "Why did nobody tell us Taylor Kitsch was starring in the new `Transformers'?" And "John Carter" seems to be the comeback of that weird voice-deepening trick from "The Dark Knight Rises." But we'll let you be the judge; the flicks are out May 18 and March 9, respectively.

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