MTV Splashpage posted an article about Sam Worthington wearing an Avengers shirt while appearing on MTV's live Avatar chat nearly two weeks ago and used the event as a link to discuss the budding actor possibly playing Captain America. There was no other basis for the rumor other than him and his cool T-shirt, but it generated an interesting discussion piece nonetheless.
As a retort the the "news" of Worthington's potential "hint," Peter Sciretta at /Film put up a post showing a variety of celebs sporting fun pop culture apparel including one of Megan Fox wearing a classic Star Wars T-shirt and saying that she therefore must be in the running to play Leia in a remake. It was a joke of course, in response to the MTV post.
Despite there being nothing to this, several sites seemed to pick up on it for no real reason other than that it's about Captain America but the folks at Sci Fi Wire had a chance to talk with the actor - whose little James Cameron movie is coming out Friday - to set things straight.
"I know, the bloggers are going bananas... I'm a fan, man. I'm a big fan. And I've always said, if you're going to wear a shirt on a blog or the TV, wear something you're interested in. I'm not a billboard, so I'm going to wear something that I'm intrigued by. I'm a big Captain America fan."
You're the man, Sam. Where can I get that shirt by the way?
Just to confirm, Sam was then asked if anyone involved with producing the film had contacted him about a potential role.
"No, no, they haven't talked to me... And according to all the bloggers, you know, 'Damn him, he's Australian, how dare he? Who does he think he is?... I read it all. But you know, It's just as I said, I'm just a fan."
Mr. Worthington has my respect not only for sporting the Tee while doing the live presentation but for his candid responses and knowledge of the film and comic blogospheres.
But really, can he play the role of Steve Rogers?
With a smile, "I know how to hold a shield... Because I did it as Perseus."
Hopefully we can learn some concrete and official updates on The First Avenger: Captain America soon as Thor nears its production start in a few weeks with rehearsals currently underway and both films coming out in the same summer. The last we heard was from Joe Quesada attending a script meeting which hopefully means they're finalizing things and can start the casting process.