Taylor Kitsch takes the helm of this month's Battleship as a rookie Navy officer who finds himself charged with saving the world after aliens attack. We caught up with the actor at a recent press day for the action-packed adventure, where we chatted about his relationship with director Peter Berg and his adopted hometown of Austin. Taylor decided to put down roots in Texas after shooting FNL and said he especially loves that people there "don't give a sh*t" about fame or Hollywood. During our chat, we also asked Taylor if he's made any grand gestures for love, given that his character gets tasered and arrested in the process of tracking down a late-night burrito for the object of his affection. See his answer in the video and catch Battleship in theaters on May 18!
If you find that right gal, you've got to do anything, be willing to do anything for her, no? We first teach others a big thing, and we demand the most, and then some, out of one another worked so much together now that you feel like you're kind of dating. We are. So, what do you each bring to that relationship? We challenge one another, keep each other each other on the toes. We of course validate one another, which is a big thing in any relationship. There's a lot of trust which is everything in a relationship. Sure. And on set, you've got to have that. We push each other, is a big thing, and we demand the most out of one another. Your character in this movie, Hopper is kind of somebody that's been held back by his own fear of failure and you've been very successful, so how did you tap into that? Yeah, thank you for seeing that by the way. You literally just knocked it out. great character to play as an actor I'm sure. Yeah, it was fun. We collaborated on that. He flew up to London when I was filming John Carter and gig, and the process we have on Friday Night Lights, of course, was from him. Right. And we have this on Battleship and you can feel that. You know, especially in the first probably 40 minutes before it just gets insane with action. Right. But it's a lot of fun and to collaborate with him is very empowering. So, your character at the beginning of this movie commits a crime and gets tasered to impress Brooklyn's character. Yeah, that's us at the drawing board and how far the studio with let us push. Do you find that right gal, that I'd be willing to do anything for, you know? Have you done anything equally risky to get her attention? Wow, I haven't been tased twice. Yet . Right. I flew across country to surprise her. That's sweet. That counts. That's pretty good Yeah, and you don't have to injure yourself in the process. No, just jetlagged. So, you're gonna be playing military guy again in savages. It's obviously a little bit of a darker turn for you. So what was the most rewarding thing about not playing a nice guy? If you can find one similar quality within Hopper and John, Savages, and I didn't do my gig. Right. Yeah. It's going to be tough to put those guys side by side really and compare them. I loved it, you know, in that it's a broad stroke if you're saying everyone in the military is very similar and these guys are entirely different. I know you live in Austin. So what's the biggest advantage of being an actor that doesn't live in L.A.? Being surrounded by people who don't give a shit. Right. Yeah, that's good, it grounds you, keeps me. I love to prep and I love to have a lot of time to prep and Austin gives me that. And you become very myopic when you're in that state of mind and Austin really facilitates that whole process for me.