06/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Talking To Taylor Kitsch: Mutant And "Friday Night Lights" Star

If he hadn't shredded his knee playing hockey eight years ago, Taylor Kitsch may never have gotten the chance to suit up as high school football star Tim Riggins on the NBC drama "Friday Night Lights."

And if he hadn't shined on the critically acclaimed show, he might not have gotten the chance to play Gambit, a fan favorite superhero who battles Hugh Jackman's title mutant in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," released Friday. The 28-year-old Canadian is now in Africa filming his most challenging role yet -- dropping 25 pounds to play Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kevin Carter in the upcoming "Bang Bang Club."

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