“The Bang, Bang Club” is Taylor Kitsch’s most recent film, and it will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival. In it, Kitsch portrays Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Kevin Carter, a member of a four man group who documented South Africa’s first post-Apartheid free election and the violence that followed. Kitsch says he liked the challenge of playing a manic, tortured soul, and all of the highs and lows that came with the part.
“It was very different for me to come into New York even this morning. It’s a lot of retrospect in the sense of just what you went through to get to this spot. It keeps you quite honest. And as an actor if I’m playing Kev, I’m going to do it the way Kev would have. That’s the way I’ve always done my work. I’m not going to get sad thinking of my dead dog. I think just doing your homework and prepping, that’s what kept me honest. It’s like I got this opportunity, that’s where I’m going to put it all in, into just the time and effort. I really feel like I am where I’m at because no one will outwork me. I will do absolutely anything to get where I need to be. It’s a rare quality now.”
Kevin Carter was not an easy role for Kitsch to simply shed at the end of filming. “By taking time, not just the next day being like what movie is that? Letting go the right way rather than just trying to force something. This one was very hard for me. I still get worked up, it’s quite crazy. It just means so much to me. I think it will always be close to me. You talk to these guys like Greg, you don’t understand, it’s still with me. If you are conscious with it, you are ok,” he says.