One things for sure, this guy is an action man. When he walked into the room for the interview and you could tell by his swagger, thick accent, and constant swearing that he’d rather be getting “pissed” with his friends or falling off a truck on some set then talking to a room full of press, but as he says “it’s part of the job.”
As many of you know, we’re about to see a lot of Worthington‘s face on the big screen; between Terminator: Salvation, Avatar, Last Night, The Debt, and Clash of the Titans (which he is currently shooting), he’s already made it big in Hollywood, we’ve just yet to see him do his thing. He is the next big action man in town. And it’s no wonder he’s so hardcore! He didn’t exactly grow up in the theater. He started out as a brick layer in Australia, who happened across acting through a girl he was dating. He’s certainly not afraid of any real action (bruises on his hands proved that) and he even playfully teased Anton Yelchin about doing “real” actions scenes.
In the interview today, he talked about working with “Jimmy” on Avatar and his upcoming role in Clash of the Titans. Here are a few of the highlights of what he had to say about his upcoming projects…
You’ve been working, but now the publicity starts and people actually know who you are. Is that a different adjustment for you?
Sam: Nah, it’s the next part of your job. You know it’s coming, so you do it. Your job is to sell the movie you spent four months dwelling over, and that McG has spent the last year dwelling over. Hopefully, we can sell it correctly and people will go and see it.
Were you a fan of this franchise?
Sam: I reacquainted myself with it before we shot. I was maybe 14 or 15 when the second one came out, so I remember the liquid man because it was pretty revolutionary. Seeing them again, you realize just how talented Jim Cameron is, as a storyteller.
Can you talk about doing the stunts in this film, and the injuries during them?
Sam: Well, you get beaten up. It’s Terminator. It’s not fuckin’ Pride & Prejudice, is it? You know what you’re steppin’ into, so you take a few hits and you take a few knocks.
You’ve been working on these high-level, big productions for some time now. Is this surreal for you?
Sam: I started Avatar in 2006, and I’ve been working non-stop.
What was it like shooting Avatar which is almost all green screen? That must be hard as an actor.
Sam: Yeah, but Jim is very clever, in the sense that he tries to make it as real as possible. Even though you’re in a big grey sound-stage with nothing there, he will try to give you as much as possible to make the terrain and the place real. There would be plants to walk through and, if there was an explosion, they’d throw shit at you, and things like that. Acting is reacting. You can’t just react to nothing. That’s too hard a task to ask any actor. You always need something tangible.
Did James Cameron say anything to you about being in Terminator?
Sam: I told him that they wanted me to do it, and I said, “Here’s my take on the character and here’s what I want to do with it,” and he told me, “Just don’t fuck it up!” That was about it. And then, he went back to filming Avatar. As Jim said, he wants to look at it, as a fan.
When you’re working on something like Avatar, is there a lot of physical precision involved?
Sam: Kind of. You’re never dictated by the technology with Jim. Jim is paramount to the actors. Everyone thinks that he’s technology driven, but he’s the best fuckin’ acting director I’ve ever worked with. He picks up on subtleties and details that you wouldn’t believe. So, he’s employed me to come in and do my job, and then we use the technology and I work with him. It’s give and take. Jim isn’t a dictator. He wants it fuckin’ high, but so do I. I’m not there to get pushed around. I’m there to work with the man. And, that’s why I got the job.
There’s probably never been a movie like Avatar, where nobody has seen a scene of it and there’s no trailer, but people are expecting it to be the second coming. Have you seen any of it?
Sam: Yeah. I watched it recently.
Does it live up to the hype?
Sam: It’s amazing! Jim said, “The hype is gonna kill it.” Jim is not nervous. He doesn’t get nervous. It’s not the be all and end all. Hopefully, what this does is open up a world of the possibilities of what motion capture can do and the possibilities of what this 3-D technology can achieve. Hopefully, it starts that kind of revolution, and I think it will.
Clash of the Titans:
You’re doing another big fantasy project right now with Clash of the Titans, right?
Sam: We’re filming it, at the moment.
What attracted you to that?
Sam: Who wouldn’t want to run around in a dress and kill the Kraken. That’s the appeal. I read the script and was jumping around the bed with a ruler, and my girlfriend was looking at me like I’m nuts. She said, “This is the one you’re going to do, isn’t it?,” and I said, “It’s deep, trust me.” But, I had a take on it that I gave (director) Louis Leterrier and the studio, and they were mad enough to let me loose and see if it can work.
How will it differ from the original?
Sam: We’ve been filming it for two weeks now and I’m more bruised and battered than I was on Terminator. We’ve taken on Medusa, we’ve taken on the witches, and then we just kill everything else. It’s a bit more brutal. There’s no togas, or there’s very little togas. I said, “I’m not wearing a toga. Bugger that!” You can’t look manly in a toga, I’m sorry. I couldn’t do it. Louis is a very good action director, so it’s going to be exciting and big, and my job is to bring the heart.
How different is your character, compared to Harry Hamlin’s performance?
Sam: I’m going to play it exactly the same. [Laughs]
What’s your take on Perseus?
Sam: It’s hard for me to discuss that because I’m in the middle of it. It’s something that, when we go and promote that movie, I can tell you whether it worked or not. I’m in the middle of discovering whether the take is gonna work.
Were you ever approached for The Green Lantern?
Sam: I think they’ve been talking to people. I’ve been talking to (director) Martin Campbell about it. It’s one of those things where they’re still doing the script. I said, “Give me a script. Let me have a look at it.” I like Martin a lot. I met him on the Bond stuff, and I like his work, but the second step is, “Is it a movie that I’d go and see?”
That’s it for now! We’ll be posting the full interview soon!