"Titans" Worthington fights his way to film stardom

Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:33am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Last spring, Australian actor Sam Worthington was a Hollywood newcomer and box office unknown who was busy promoting his starring role in big-budget action flick "Terminator: Salvation."

Seven months later, following his turn in James Cameron's $2.7 billion blockbuster "Avatar," Worthington is now forever associated with the highest grossing film of all time.

Still, the actor who was born in England and raised in Australia, goes largely unnoticed outside Hollywood because in "Avatar" he appears mostly as a blue-skinned animated character. But his audience recognition may be about to change on Friday with his starring role as Perseus in another major studio movie, "Clash of the Titans."

The 33-year-old told Reuters the film, a remake of 1981's feature of the same name, rounds out "The Sam Worthington Trilogy" from boyhood to manhood. And while that description might be stretching things, there's no doubt the trio of roles represents his rise from no-name actor to major rising star.

"It's the end of my trilogy in the sense that 'Terminator' is about a young man who was born. In 'Avatar,' I played Jake Sully as a kid who turns into a teenager and stands up to the bullies in the schoolyard. And 'Clash of the Titans' is about a troubled adolescent who's trying to figure out his place in the world and turns into a man," Worthington explained.

In an irony of modern-day stardom, Worthington's career boost in Hollywood came not so much by acting with others, as much as working alone -- in front of a green screen on which computer generated images are later placed for the effects-filled movies like "Titans" in which he has triumphed.


With virtually nothing in front of him except his imagination and a few stunt men, Worthington has expertly battled giant "Terminator" robots, gone to war with a tribe of blue natives on the planet Pandora in "Avatar", and is now riding -- or flying -- a winged-horse Pegasus in "Titans."   Continued...

<p>Sam Worthington arrives for the world premiere of Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>