As Taylor Kitsch attempts to build himself into a major movie star (first stop: “John Carter”), there are some advantages to continuing to maintain the impression that many of his “Friday Night Lights” fans have of him: that he is, essentially, Tim Riggins.
A new piece in GQ does an excellent job of perpetuating that idea, courtesy of a fashion shoot that compares Kitsch to another sensitive bad boy (James Dean) and dresses him in all kinds of cowboy-cosmopolitan Western wear.
The forthcoming story in the March issue also mentions a decidedly Tim Riggins-y fact about Kitsch: that he is currently building a house in Texas, where, in the final episode of the show, Riggins also begins to build a home as well.
“Texas forever ... it looks like it’s going to be that way, too,” he says in the interview, referencing a classic Riggins catch phrase.
A piece in the Guardian also confirms that this is true, and notes that Riggins ... er, I mean, Kitsch .. is building his home next to a lake in Austin, the same city where “Friday Night Lights” shot all five of its seasons.
Presumably Billy Riggins is not assisting with the construction of this residence. I think we can all agree that’s for the best.
But really, there is something undeniably appealing about the notion of Kitsch keeping it real, kicking back with his boots on and surveying his land — possibly from his perch in a lawn chair — in Texas, isn’t there? Does that tell us something about who he really is, or is it simply a piece of information that allows us to continue fantasizing that Kitsch has genuinely romanced a few rally girls, actually calls real men who look like Kyle Chandler “sir” and, on at least one occasion, has prank-called a religious radio program hosted by his super-cute ex-girlfriend and announced that “Jesus was hot.”?
Maybe it’s a little bit of both.