New Images and Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Oliver Stone’s SAVAGES, Starring Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively

     May 25, 2012


Just yesterday we posted the very first TV spot for Oliver Stone’s upcoming crime drama Savages, and now a number of images and behind-the-scenes photos have gone online.  The official images were taken using Instagram (naturally), but the behind-the-scenes photos are actually the more intriguing set.  We see Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson doing prep work at a shooting range with Stone, Blake Lively with blood-soaked hands, and more.  For those unaware, Kitsch and Johnson play two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins who encounter a world of trouble when their shared girlfriend (Lively) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Demian Bichir, Emile Hirsch, Uma Thurman, and John TravoltaSavages opens July 6th.

Images via the film’s Facebook page and Stone’s website (via The Film Stage).

savages-movie-posterHere’s the synopsis for Savages:

Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir.  The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010.

Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed.  They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively).  Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.

When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.  And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

  • mattinacan

    taylor kitsch is box office poison, i wonder if this one will flop also.

    • Juanotaco

      Seriously, first John carter, then battlleship. Let’s not forget (although its very easy to forget) his portrayal of gambit in Wolverine origins. Granted all crappy scripts, so if he misfires with Oliver stone, just while your ahead kid

      • RossW

        Why don’t you two trolls quit while you’re behind and find something productive to d with your lives?

      • nada

        Awwww, somebody’s fangurling!

      • mattinacan

        we aren’t trolling, just calling out simple fact. i think this looks good, and he was great in FNL, but the fact is his tentpole blockbusters have all bombed.

      • lbj

        Or who can forget his masterful acting as Pogue Parry in that witch movie The Covenenant!! Yeah, bottom line is that his acting sucks. Not hating, just a fact. He can still carve out a nice career playing to the girls.

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  • Dre Dre

    Really, I don’t blame Kitsch for the movies bombing. Its the studio fault for spending over 200 million on both John Carter and Battleship. I for one saw John Carter bombing from the very first trailer, I just thought, who really wants to see this? I don’t blame Kitsch…I mean if your given the chance to do theses big movies you take it.

  • Derek Brayton

    Look the guy acted in some roles that not many people liked. he obviously did these movies to get exposure. doesn’t mean that he isn’t a good actor. i think we all would do the same. oliver stone is hit and miss. but “natural born killers” is a masterpiece. we can only hope that this has a fraction of quality as that movie. growing up in orange county, i am interested in this movie. and its pretty amazing that this kind of “true” story could originate from my home town area. let alone get this kind of backing to become a major movie. i will see it regardless. blake lively is banging too.

  • aaronsullivan

    Taylor Kitsch isn’t poison and did a fine job in John Carter at least (which was a fun movie worth watching for most). Unfortunately, these big roles didn’t get him the exposure he was probably hoping for and he’s not going to be seen as any kind of major draw after this.

    His best bet is some critical acclaim from a smaller meatier role. No idea if that’s what Savages would be for him. Maybe? Not real interested in this one. Looks like a scumbag salad. Not really into those movies myself. Exceptions being Snatch, the Godfather films, and The Departed.

  • Matts

    These guys and their piercing criticism of box office receipts…About their speed. What constitutes dicussion on most message boards these days, unfortunately. Never mind it has little or nothing to do with a film’s merits.

    • mattinacan

      actually both John Carter and Battleship were critical failures as well as financial – so we are basing our criticisms on the films merits. Just a little research before you comment will save you some trouble. I like Kitsch, i don’t want him to fail, but fact is fact.

  • Yeam

    I don’t care about Taylor he is hot and dreamy and that’s enough for me! I really want to see this for Blake Lively, tough. The girl can seriously act and it’s about time she shuts the haters up! and of course Oliver Stone is a huge plus… I can’t wait, it looks Good.

  • an opinion

    I hate the term “Flop” which has been overused, misused and abused. Most posters throw this word out like they have a stake in the BO receipts. Now the discussion now is how much the movie cost, how well it performed and what is the future of the starring actors. The focus of these movies SHOULD be if you like it or not. These things are being discussed more than the actual merits of a film. If it is something you want see, go see it. If not , no one forces you to go and there is no reason to rant and rave about how bad you think the actors are. No one carries a movie all by themselves EXCEPT Ryan Reynolds.

  • Realmam

    No real man would share his gf..this movie just tying to shove liberal in your face lame