Actor Sam Worthington recently spoke to iF Magazine about what it’s like being “the ‘it’ star” of 2009. Having already made a splash in Hollywood with Terminator Salvation, Worthington will next star in James Cameron’s top-secret sci-fi epic Avatar this winter, and after that, in director Louis Leterrier’s (The Incredible Hulk) remake of Clash of the Titans next March.

Check out what Worthington had to say about his role in Clash of the Titans (and be sure to check out the cool new pic of Worthington as Perseus!), as well as his upcoming role in Avatar:

On Clash of the Titans:

We’ve done two weeks…We took on the Medusa. We’ve took on the witches. Next week we’ve got to take on the Scorpius and then we go and f*cking kill the Kraken. So, you know, at the moment it’s all guns blaring kind of thing. It’s going to be good. I think Louis has got a very good eye and there’s a great bunch of people I’m working with.

The cast Worthington refers to includes Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as warring gods Zeus and Hades respectively (awesome casting, btw), as well as Bond girl Gemma Arterton as a nymph, Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) as Perseus’s fellow warrior, Draco, and Alexa Davalos (Defiance) as doomed princess/love interest, Andromeda.

This Clash of the Titans remake has sounded like a promising venture ever since it was first announced, and if you’ve seen the first picture of Sam Worthington as Perseus, you know why I say this film is looking as good as it sounds. But don’t take my word for it, here’s an additional look at the new version of Perseus:

Worthington as Perseus (click for larger image)



There has been little info about what we can expect from James Cameron’s Avatar. So far all we really know about the story is what we can glean from Avatar‘s IMDB synopsis. We also know that Worthington plays Jake Sully, “…a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.”

So far, most of the buzz around Avatar has been related to the innovative motion-capture effects that James Cameron has created for the film – technology revolutionary enough to have some of Hollywood’s leading directors already praising Avatar. And while eye-popping F/X are cool, Worthington wants people to know that there’s an actual story gluing the film together:

…Jim’s very in touch with personal relationships especially with AVATAR, with what it means to be a man, you know? I can take that from it. How people were affected by bullies, and I think all those kinds of themes, and a sense of hope. If you settle that and then surround it with great technology and f*cking whiz-bang explosions, then you’re on the path to making something that people will remember when [sic] they leave the cinema and not just kind of go, ‘What did we just see?’

Sounds good, but is that experience – ‘remembering the movie when we leave the cinema’ – really commensurate with the hype surrounding Avatar? Guess we’ll know when the opening weekend box office gets tallied.

If you want to read more of Sam Worthington’s interview with iF Magazine (the actor talks Terminator Salvation, McG, the original Clash of the Titans and what it was like auditioning for James Cameron), you can do so by going here.

Otherwise, what do you think about what Sam Worthington has to say about Clash of the Titans? About Avatar? Is Worthington really the 2009 “it guy”, in your opinion?

Avatar is slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2009. Clash of the Titans is slated to hit theaters on March 26, 2010.

Source: iF Magazine via Coventry Telegraph