Taylor Kitsch: 2012 Is “Make-Or-Break” Year for My Career

 Nathaniel Goldberg for GQ

Taylor Kitsch has a lot riding on his new movie, John Carter.

The film, which cost more than $200 million to produce, is the actor's first major movie role. "2012 is really make-or-break, isn't it?" Kitsch, 30, marvels in GQ's March issue, one year after Friday Night Lights aired its final episode.

Whether John Carter will live up to its own hype remains to be seen, but Kitsch will have another opportunity to make it on the big screen when Battleship hits theaters May 18; the film also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson.

"On FNL, [director Peter Berg] taught us: Challenge the director, challenge the writers. Stand your ground," Kitsch says. "For Battleship, he had this moment of, 'I almost regret teaching you that. Just do it, will you?'"

Kitsch hopes both films will offer him a sense of job security in the future. "Knock on wood, I hope to be doing these two franchises and to go on to do some passion stuff," he tells GQ.

"Hugh [Jackman], he's a good mate of mine. I think we both attribute [being more grounded] to getting the late starts, to being 30, 29, 28 and having a good sense of self before all this shit hits, so you know that what you're seeing is ridiculous. That it's not real. And you know by then that there's some things that you should fight for."

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