This week, we’re talking about people who should be more famous than they actually are. Life just isn’t fair sometimes.
Sarah’s pick: Taylor Kitsch
Okay, I’m apparently really late to the party on this, but I recently started watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and I’m so obsessed. Ever since I started watching, I’ve fallen in love with Tim Riggins and by proxy, the man who plays him, Taylor Kitsch. He’s the bad boy with a sensitive soul, who doesn’t love that? Plus, Taylor has a hot bod and he’s a pretty good actor. And can we just talk about how precious he was with his neighbor/lover’s kid in season 1? I love a man who has an appreciation for kiddos.
So naturally, after obsessing and making schmoopy faces at my computer screen, I had to wikipedia/imdb Taylor Kitsch. I learned he’s Canadian and played hockey, pretty standard. He was an Abercrombie and Fitch model, I’m hoping it was when Abercrombie and Fitch was still cool. But the real kicker (football pun intended) is…he was homeless in New York for a while! What?! Homeless with that pretty face? I’ve seen A LOT of homeless people in New York and I’ve never seen one that looks like Taylor Kitsch. He was apparently trying to make it as an actor/model and flat broke, so he took to sleeping in subway cars and whatnot.
What a true underdog story. I love it. But he definitely needs more exposure. It’s kind of crazy that he’s not a bigger star right now. He’s been in such gems like John Tucker Must Die and Snakes on a Plane (um, what). But he was also in one of those X-Men movies – that’s gotta mean something right? He should’ve blown up on the scene after that John Carter movie came out recently. It apparently cost Disney a fortune to make. But did anyone look at the movie title and then the trailer and think, “Huh?” John Carter isn’t what you name a movie about the future in space where Taylor Kitsch dresses like a caveman. No, John Carter could be the name of Denzel Washington movie where he plays a cop, lawyer or football coach.
I really think Taylor’s time for A-List status will come soon. His movie Battleship (with Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard) is coming out this month. And he’s going to be in an Oliver Stone movie called Savages with Blake Lively, John Travolta and Aaron Johnson. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. I hope.
Sam’s Pick: Michael Angarano
Okay, honestly, I don’t really understand what’s happening here. Cute, good-looking guy? Check. That Hollywood limbo age of 25 which means he can play anywhere between a 30-something and teen? Check. Great, great roles that would make other actors go green with envy? Check.
It’s really bizarre. He’s kind of famous, but not too famous. The kind of famous where one would probably think, “I’ve seen him somewhere”, but not necessarily connect it with him, um, being in a zillion movies and TV shows. So, to give you a quick breakdown, he played a young William in the classic Almost Famous (“I’m 12?! This. Explains. So much…”) and had a recurring role as Jack’s son on Will & Grace. He was in Speak, the movie adaptation of the novel, with Kristen Stewart (They started dating two years later, and dated for THREE YEARS which in Hollywood time is like, marriage, and then was dumped for Robert Pattinson once she started filming Twilight. WHERE ARE HIS PITY ADMIRERS?!) and was in the teen-superhero film Sky High, which actually was quite excellent, and has gone on to the ABC Family pool of teen films to play over and over again. He was in Lords of Dogtown! Like, what does this kid have to star in to start getting some serious attention round here? He’s basically connected to everyone in Hollywood at this point. He’s had a few magazine profiles, but nothing crazy. I just want to be his publicist.
His most recent memorable role was starring alongside Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore in The Art of Getting By, but after that it’s been kind of going downhill. MICHAEL, WHAT WHAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Get some better roles, man. And if you can’t, then take some more acting classes and get better. I’m really rooting for you here. Let’s do this.