Sam Worthington Talks Avatar, Terminator Reaction & More

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Hollywood’s newest favorite Aussie actor Sam Worthington has a lot on his plate coming up. In addition to being the lead in James Cameron’s long-awaited special-effects extravaganza, Avatar, Worthington will be playing Perseus in the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans and is rumored for the part of Captain Nemo in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Wow, I’m just writing about these films and I’m tired.

Anyway, Steve Weintraub at Collider had the chance to sit down with Worthington on the set of Clash of the Titans to talk about some of his upcoming projects and his thoughts on his most recent big-budget film, Terminator: Salvation. Check out some portions of the interview below. For the full interview, make sure to head over to Collider.

On the critical reaction to Terminator: Salvation:

“You know, there was a lot of kind of, you know, I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and kind of go down the list of things I saw on IMDB where they found holes in it and go, you are f***ing right. If there was a big ten ton robot coming outside that gas station, surely we would f–king hear it! And I missed that. So I’m going to be a bit better when I’m looking through my f***ing scripts. So it raises my game a bit, because now I feel like an idiot for not saying it to McG, you know?”

On reactions to Avatar‘s trailer:

“It’s got a hell of a lot of hype. I read all what was said yesterday about the, about the trailer. I can see their point. But as I said, it wasn’t meant to be built for an Apple Mac. It’s built for IMAX. It’s built for 3D. That’s what he’s designed it for. He’s designed it to bring people back to the cinema.”

On wanting to get involved with comic book movies:

“I’ve got a mate that like I was sending to Comic-con to go and find stuff. Man, he’s a dude, he plays Guitar Hero and reads comic books and I thought f–k it, I’ll put you on the pay roll. They’re the movies getting made so I flew him to Comic-Con and he had a ball, and he came back and went I met this person and this person and this person and this person… He came back with lots of different material. He talked to a lot of different kind of comic book companies.”

In a separate interview with the website Moviehole, Sam Worthington also talked about the possibility of reuniting with Terminator Salvation director McG for Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. While McG has gone on record as wanting Will Smith for the role of Captain Nemo, Worthington’s name has been loosely tied to the role since McG stated his preference for the actor in an interview with IGN UK a few weeks back. In the interview, Worthington states:

“We haven’t discussed it seriously. I wrote him an email and he wrote back saying ‘I don’t think you have these qualities, blah, blah..’ and I wrote back saying ‘it’s your job as a director to bring it out of me.”

Hmmm… Doesn’t sound too compelling. Nevertheless, the more I learn about Sam Worthington, the more I like him. In interviews he comes off as very down-to-earth and accessible, which is a great characteristic for an actor. I look forward to seeing his work in Avatar, Clash of the Titans, and (possibly) in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. What do you think? Is everyone fully on board the Worthington bandwagon, or is it just me?

Source: Collider and Moviehole

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  1. He sounds cool, very honest which is nice as long as he doesn’t go out of his mind.

    I’d like to see him in more movies. He certainly wasn’t the reason why Terminator: Salvation wasn’t as good as it could be – in fact, I thought he stole the show from Bale in a lot of ways.

  2. Seems like a pretty down-to-earth guy as far as Hollywood actors go.

    On another note, why on EARTH would Disney let McG anywhere NEAR one of it’s tentpole films?? The man (according to many) screwed up Terminator: Salvation AND he’s responsible for the Charlie’s Angels monstrosities. I have no idea why Disney, who has a pretty damn good track record with family films, let a hack like McG anywhere near their films.

  3. I liked terminator salvation, but I dont see what all the hype about thsi guy is, his acting wasn’t anything spectacular.

  4. The more interviews I read the more I like him. I’m really looking forward to Avatar and Clash of the Titans.

    And on the Terminator front–I enjoyed TS but it was a little disappointing. I would like to see if McG could redeem himself if he made Terminator 5. But that remains to be seen (legal issues pending).

  5. “You’re truly the vulgarian aren’t you?”
    “You’re the vulgarian, you f&^%&!”

    That’s from “A Fish Called Wanda”, if you didn’t know. :-D

    He does use the F-bombs quite a bit, doesn’t he?

  6. F bomb here f bomb there! He sounds like he doesn’t like McG.

    If there is another terminator I’m sure they will find a way for him to be in it.

  7. LOL what’s up with Worthington’s last comment? If the director doesn’t think he has the qualities for a character, and another actor does, why would the director waste time on bringing out qualities which he doesn’t know the actor has. McG’s not there to do Sam personal favours but to get the right guy for the role.

  8. I enjoyed T4, and thought his acting was great, but thats comparing to Bale’s pathetic performance.

  9. @ Nass

    I think he’s 100% right about McG. You’ll see GREAT directors cast no names or c list actors and get AMAZING performances out of them. Tarantino is one of those directors. It happens from time to time and you’ll hear an actor say that the director brought out the best out of him/her. You’ll never hear a good actor bringing out the best in a director though.

    Too bad McG is not one of those directors. If it wasn’t for Bale and Worthington, T: Salvation would’ve been one of the worst movies of the year. As it stand right now, it’s just average.

    I’m starting to like this Worthington guy. Like others said, he’s honest. I hope that he doesn’t burn any bridges with that honesty though. Hollywood does not value honesty, loyalty, etc.

    Love his comment about McG and movie plot holes. Made me laugh.

  10. @ogb

    Yes, but not even great directors can turn a white guy into an indian guy.

    I also find it funny that he goes on IMDB. You see posts on that site all the time about how the actors/directors/writers never look at anything they have to say, when more and more of them keep admitting they do.

  11. A white guy into an indian guy?

    Not sure I follow…

  12. @ogb,

    I think he’s referring to Captain Nemo.

    I’m really liking Sam so far, he’s cool.


  14. I always thought Sam was destined for big things seeing him in aussie movies. He is very down-to-earth, is serious about the work, doesn’t believe the hype, and wants to keep getting better and better. He’s also pretty damn funny.

    He stole the show in T4. I can’t wait for Avatar, it looks epic.

    And McG is not a great director, he is very much style over substance. And if Sam is challenging him to get the best out of himself and make his future projects better, then that is great imo, tells you he cares about it, and isn’t just phoning it in.