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'John Carter' Taylor Kitsch star takes on role of epic novels

March 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Taylor Kitsch is the young star of the new Disney movie "John Carter," an adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter of Mars" novels.

Kitsch threw himself into this very challenging role of the sci-fi epic film. It tells the story of a former military captain who is transported to Mars, where he reluctantly becomes involved in a war on that planet.

"It truly is a no brainer to take and fight for this role," said Kitsch.

The film has been a project director Andrew Stanton has wanted to do for years. The supporting cast left Kitsch thrilled and intimidated.

"So many of these guys that are stage trained too- literally everyone but me," said Kitsch.

Kitsch says he took a severe beating in some scenes. But now that the sprains and pulls have healed, he waits for the next battle round- the box office.

"We made a great film, I am proud of it, nothing I can do at this point," said Kitsch. "My pressure has been what I put on myself. I feel I have no regrets what I put into it; more excited for you guys to enjoy the journey that was to make it. I am not worried. I can't stress about dollars and stuff like that."

"John Carter" is in theaters this weekend.