The action-adventure John Carter managed to add a lot of credence to the 'Mars curse', that claims movies set on Mars don't do so well, when it was released back in 2012. Despite going down as one of the biggest box office bombs in cinematic history, the film's star, Taylor Kitsch, does not consider John Carter to be a failure. At least, not for him.

"Over time, I think you take a breath and understand that it is what it is ... I guess people who watch it now for the first time can take a lot more away from it than people did at first. It's always flattering, and I learned a ton on that movie. I honestly don't see it as a failure. I have great memories from it, and I still talk to a bunch of the cast. It is what it is, right?"

The release of Disney+ has led to a lot of conversations regarding the studio's older output, including John Carter, and that, along with the film's release on Netflix has seen something of a revival for the film.

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"I think it got another life when it went on Netflix not long ago, maybe a year ago or something, but, yes, to be blunt. People stop me all the time for that, especially in Europe. It's had a little mini-resurgence. Maybe, at the time, it was more of a knee-jerk reaction of 'Let's see how we can bury this and everyone that has a part in it.'"

Taylor Kitsch seems to have been able to take a step back from the film, and use it as a learning experience, rather than let the critical and financial condemnation bring him down. He also seems to suggest that perhaps it was partly the fault of the press, and that there was some kind of journalistic, or maybe even audience, vendetta against the film once the Disney box office bomb started ticking.

With the movie's production budget costing an estimated $250 million and an extra $100 million more spent on the marketing campaign, the film infamously went on to lose around $200 million, becoming one of Hollywood's biggest flops of all time. John Carter currently sits at a rotten 52% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a slightly higher 60% score from audiences. Now that time has passed, many moviegoers are able to just sit back and appreciate the film for the easy-going space adventure that it is, rather than compare to the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs from which it was adapted.

If Kitsch has failed to convince you to return to the red planet with John Carter, then you can catch the actor instead starring alongside Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman the recently released action thriller 21 Bridges. This come from The Hollywood Reporter.

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