John Carter Kitsch

March 21, 2012 by staff 

John Carter Kitsch, Mars needs money Taylor Kitsch (right) stars in “John Carter,” which may be the biggest Hollywood flop ever. H ollywood is really buzzing over the dismal box office for “John Carter,” which Disney has announced will force a $200 million write-down. That makes the film – that was supposed to turn Taylor Kitsch into “the next big thing” – the biggest flop in Hollywood’s history.

It supplants “Cutthroat Island,” the 1995 big-screen disaster starring Oscar winner Geena Davis. That movie’s $147 million loss was the final straw that put Carolco Pictures out of business.

Clearly that won’t happen to Disney, but it sounds like Kitsch is a bit sensitive about playing the title character in the Mars adventure.

According to a source who saw Kitsch this week, the actor got “pretty testy” when a friend made a joke about slow ticket sales for the film that reportedly had an astounding over-all budget of $350 million. “You could tell, he’s very sensitive about this,” added the source.

That said, a major Hollywood producer – and a fan of Kitsch – reminds us that starring in huge flops doesn’t necessarily kill a career. “Remember ‘Ishtar’? That starred a couple of guys named

Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. It sure didn’t kill their careers, and in fact Dustin won another Oscar a couple of years afterward [for 'Rain Man'].”And don’t forget ‘Heaven’s Gate.’ That was

Willem Dafoe’s first film, and I’d say he’s had a pretty decent career since then, wouldn’t you?”

We’ll see how Kitsch’s next flick fares. “Battleship,” a big budget sci-fi adventure, is due out May 18.

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