Sam Worthington has had the unfortunate pleasure of being a part of two highly scrutinized projects. Avatar‘s teaser trailer was released last week to an onslaught of negative reviews, and this summer’s Terminator Salvation didn’t fare much better. Worthington is still filming his Greek epic Clash of the Titans, and managed to catch wind of the recent trailer reactions while on set. Find out what he had to say below.
According to HitFlix, Worthington spoke to a small group of reporters, and responded to the harsh criticism his work has taken over the past few months.
“I read all what was said yesterday about the trailer. I can see their point, but as I said, it’s not 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. It’s interesting that he’s released that trailer, Jim’s gone and done that, and the next day, he shows it on IMAX. It’s one extreme to the other. We get the criticism and then we get the rave reviews of what it really looks like in its own formula. That’s obviously going to get people to think and go, ‘Damn right! I’m going to go and see this at the cinema.’ Jim has always said to me that he wants to bring people back to the movies, and he’s a smart enough man for that to be tactical.”
I have to agree with his point about seeing the footage in a theater. I even addressed this issue in our James Cameron’s Avatar Trailer: What Went Wrong post. I think the overall consensus is that the look doesn’t transfer well on to a computer monitor in comparison to a big screen laced with 3-D. The underwhelming result of our official Avatar Trailer Poll was proof of that!
Speaking of one extreme to another, the actor also discussed Terminator Salvation. This was a film that carried a huge weight on its shoulders in terms of mythology and a built in fan base. Worthington acknowledged that there were some things that stood out in the fourth film that he didn’t pick up on, until he started reading fan discussions on the internet.
“We just have try and do the best character we can do at that time. And I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and 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***ing hear it!’ And I missed that! So I go, ‘I gotta be a bit better when I’m looking through my scripts!’ So that kind of raises my games a bit, cause I feel like an idiot for not saying it to McG.”
At least he noticed the same plot holes we did. I mean come on? Thanks for not making me feel insane Sam. There was an entire article written about the lack of common sense that took place in that film. Worthington will have plenty of time to regain some fan allegiance once the promotion for Avatar hits full swing in the upcoming months. Over at Empire, he will appear on the cover of the latest issue of the magazine, where they will debut a new behind the scenes photo (above) from the film.
What do you think of Worthington’s response to Avatar and Terminator? Do you agree with him?
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