Taylor Kitsch on the set of 'The Normal Heart.'
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A few things before we jump into the JEANS. Have you heard about The Normal Heart yet? It's HBO's forthcoming original film about HIV/AIDS awareness in the '80s, based off the popular play of the same name and stars Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Taylor Kitsch. If you've watched at least 15 minutes of Friday Night Lights in your lifetime, you are probably in love with
Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch. Me too. So why am I just finding out that the CROTCH of his jeans for The Normal Heart needed to be "ELONGATED"?!???!?!???!???!? *Googles film's premiere date, clears out schedule for May 25, gives many thanks that the following day is a holiday, allowing for a full 24 hours of recovery*
Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch, and Brooklyn Decker at a photocall in London for "Battleship."
We don't need to tell him this, but Taylor Kitsch is the Luckiest Man in the World™. Not only has he bravely faced the film critics who have been heavily criticizing his latest movie, he is out to prove 'em all wrong with his next film, Battleship, which also stars the beguiling Rihanna (making her film debut!) and Brooklyn Decker. We have nothing but praise for our beloved Tim Riggins, we mean Kitsch, as his football-uniform-slash-jeans-and-boots-strewn performance in Friday Night Lights is one of the highlights of our lives. The dude is poised to become a bona fide matinee idol, and what better way to welcome this stature than with a Ri Ri and B-Decks cocktail dress sammie?
Taylor Kitsch in "Flaunt" magazine.
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Like everyone else on the planet, we flip anytime there's anything regarding Taylor Kitsch. The entire MTV Style staff can quote Friday Night Lights in tandem, and if you haven't seen it yet, we strongly suggest you do something about that immediately. Once you behold TIM RIGGINS, you will never be the same again. The truth behind the mastery of FNL's most beloved character (named one of the 100 Greatest TV Characters of the Last 20 Years) lies within the talent of the Canadian-born, Austin-based Kitsch who plays him, of course. We've known it for years, but the dude is about to break out in a massive sort of way thanks to his work on that show and for his recent star turn in John Carter. But if his recent spread in Flaunt magazine is any indication, it might also have do with his super smokin' man-style, too.
Taylor Kitsch got a shocking new haircut.
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If you're a fan of Friday Night Lights, then you're undoubtedly a fan of Taylor Kitsch and his beloved character, Tim Riggins; in fact, the words "TIM RIGGINS" are probably a permanent part of your vocabulary. Like, you stub your toe and you find yourself screaming, "Ow, TIM RIGGINS!" Or perhaps you hear someone say the number 33 and you remember the same number on the back of Tim's football jersey and think, "Ahhh, Tim Riggins." Well, now that Mr. Kitsch appears to have completely ERASED the Tim Riggins signature feature (aka his unruly long hair), we wonder if we'll ever be able to look at him again and sigh those two special words under our breath in a way that may or may not be borderline inappropriate. Has the time come for us to replace "TIM RIGGINS" with "TAYLOR KITSCH"?
Judging by these new photos taken at the Disney D23 expo, where he talked about playing the title role in the upcoming sci-fi western John Carter, our guess might have to be yes. But only because TIM RIGGINS' hair is still alive and well (and dancing upon the breeze) in this film. We're guessing he cut it for his upcoming role in the new Oliver Stone movie Savages, costarring Blake Lively, so you know we may have to boycott that movie (KIDDING, we'll be first in line for tickets, obvs). Honestly, even though TIM RIGGINS—we mean TAYLOR, geez—looks totally different with these new close-cropped locks, we think it makes him look a bit older and perhaps more suited to his bourgeoning leading-man status. But still, there's really no chance this is a wig, right?
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Taylor Kitsch at the U.S. premiere of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' in Tempe, Arizona, on April 27, 2009, Tom Brady at the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala in New York City on May 2, 2011, and Ashton Kutcher at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking's 13th Annual Gala in Los Angeles on May 12, 2011.
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Um. So, this. I know that the title of this post is a little dicey with it seeming like there's tendrils getting all mixed up and tangled in ladyjunk but seriously, what's with guys having long hair and suddenly becoming UNIMPEACHABLE GODS? It's frankly a little gross how responsive I, and other ladies like myself, get when guys get all tonsorially loose and freeeeee and flowing because I think what's primarily attractive about it is that they sort of look like jerks. There's something distinctly unemployed yet preening about the setup that makes them look suspiciously capable of murder and monster-scale embezzling or worse still, reminiscent of skater dudes from my youth. Ugh. Sooooo handsome... to where it fills me with self-loathing.