I've gotta be honest: I know "John Carter" is a sci-fi flick, but I don't know much else about it. However, I know who Tim Riggins is, and therefore I know who Taylor Kitsch is, and that's how this story begins.
"John Carter" hits theaters March 9 and, thanks to the Disney machine, Kitsch is knee-deep into a heavy duty press tour that included all of my favorite stops in New York yesterday. His morning started at "Good Morning America," continued at "Live! With Kelly" and ended at an early taping of "Late Show with David Letterman."
I opted to try to meet him at "Letterman." The only problem? Rain. Lots of it.
I arrived at the studio later than I should have and was instantly nervous when, aside from five photographers at the entrance, there wasn't a single other soul in sight. The barricade designated for fans was empty, so I figured I had missed all of the arrivals and would have to wait out the taping. Oy.
Then Neil Patrick Harris showed up and rushed inside – I wasn't late after all. Just lucky, or so I thought. Immediately thereafter, Kitsch pulled up, but the rain forced him inside without so much as a peep.
All the photographers left, but I stuck it out. It was cold and raining but I was not going to give up just yet. This is Riggins and the future ruler of Mars, after all.
About an hour later – just as the taping was coming to an end – the photographers returned and reclaimed their positions while waiting for guests to leave. Shortly after NPH's car pulled away, a "Letterman" security guard came across the street where I was all alone and asked who I was waiting for. When I answered with "Taylor Kitsch!" he told me I could wait with the photographers across the street. Score! The luck had returned!
Taylor came out a few moments later just as the rain subsided a little bit, so when I called his name and asked for a picture he said, "Sure!"
"'John Carter' looks great, but I have to tell you, I miss 'Friday Night Lights' so much." I told him.
"You're sweet. Thank you." he replied.
I wanted to tell him that I missed his long hair too, but I thought that would be less sweet and more creepy.
Like many of you, Professional Fan Girl Lauren Cox has always had a fascination with movie stars. She's turned her hobby – hitting premieres and other events in New York City to meet them – into a blog, and now a NextMovie column. Keep up with her adventures meeting celebs by following her on Twitter.