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Sam Worthington

"I also care that the public are getting their 12 dollars' worth when they go to a movie, and that they're not coming out not wanting to ever see a movie with me in it again. I don't care what people think of me as a person, but I do care what people think of my work, and whether I'm investing enough into it."
Sam Worthington
Empire magazine, October 2006


Trivia

Worthington won a scholarship to the John Curtin School of Performing Arts in Fremantle, WA.

Said in an interview with Rove McManus that he had no intention of becoming an actor and went to NIDA to support a friend but was pushed through and got through. His friend did not get into NIDA.

Was in the same class as Matthew Newton. The son of TV personalities Bert and Patty Newton.


Filmography

Terminator 4 (2009), Rogue (2007)
Macbeth (2006), Fink! (2005)
The Great Raid (2005), Somersault (2004)
Blue Poles (2004), Gettin' Square (2003)
Hart's War (2002), Dirty Deeds (2002)
Matter of Life (2001), Bootmen (2000)




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Clash of the Titans Exclusive
Sam Worthington on the new Empire cover | By Helen O'Hara
Excerpt: empireonline.com


If one thing is clear from the Clash of the Titans cover of Empire, it's that Sam Worthington is not a man you want to mess with.

Starring as Perseus in the new version of Clash of the Titans, he's looking mad as hell, and you better believe he's not going to take it any more.




Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington checks box
for 'Candidate'
By Jay A. Fernandez
Excerpt: filmjournal.com


Sam Worthington is attached to star in a remake of the recent Danish thriller "The Candidate." Beau Willimon has been hired to write the project, and Summit has picked up the remake rights.

Industry Entertainment, which reps the original film's director, Kasper Barfoed, and star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, as well as Worthington, packaged the project. Several bidders got involved until Summit's Erik Feig nabbed it.

Temple Hill Entertainment's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Worthington might also produce. The original film's producers, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen of Miso Film, will executive produce the remake.






Avatar's Sam Worthington Looks More Machine Than Man in Terminator Salvation
Excerpt: yahoo.com


Yahoo! has released a new trailer for Terminator Salvation. A lot more of Worthington can be seen in this latest trailer release. Sam will no doubt take his film career to a new level once movie-goers get a double dose of him in Terminator Salvation and Avatar.




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BIOGRAPHIES - SAM WORTHINGTON



Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington
Avatar Role: Jake Sully
Source: IMDB.com


Born on August 2, 1976; Sam Worthington graduated from NIDA (Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1998 at the age of 22. Sam received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Arthur Wellesley in his first professional role in the Belvoir Street Theatre production "Judas Kiss" (directed by Neil Armfield).

He then went on to work in Australian television on such shows as Water Rats (2000) and Backburner and then on the American TV show JAG's 100th episode (Boomerang part 1).

Also in 2000, Sam made his first movie appearance in the highly acclaimed Australian movie "Bootmen", about a troop of `tap dogs'; the film also starred Adam Garcia as Sam's brother. Minor roles proceeded in "Hart's War" and "Matter of Life" before Sam starred in another hailed Australian drama, 2002's "Dirty Deeds", which also starred Toni Collette and John Goodman.

The following year he starred in yet another Aussie film, opposite David Wenham in "Getting Square". The director of the film, Jonathan Teplitzky originally tested actors who were up to 8 years older than the then 27 year old Worthington. Teplitzky wasn't sure Sam "could convincingly play a tough guy and also have elements of the leading man about him", but in the end Teplitzky decided Sam was "fantastic", and had "David playing the older, slightly more streetwise accomplice" proclaiming "it worked".

But it wasn't until 2004 that Sam got his big break. Having made his directorial debut on the short film, "Enzo", Sam was offered the role of Joe in the unique and greatly acclaimed Australian drama, written and directed by Cate Shortland, "Somersault" opposite Abbie Cornish. "Somersault" took 7 years to make, and Shortland wanted to cast the perfect actor in the role of Joe.

Shortland did much preparation for the film, arranging for a 3-week rehearsal period prior to shooting, it all paid off. The film did amazingly well, making a clean sweep of the Australian Film Institute awards in 2004 to win in all 13 film categories - the first time this has ever occurred in the award's history. It beat the previous record of eight AFI awards shared by Lantana (2001) and Newsfront (1978). Sam won the AFI for best male actor.

Described as "one of Australia's most likeable young leading men" (efilmcritic.com), Sam has a strong career ahead of him. Already with 4 films lined up for 2005/6, including the Australian 'M.' in which he plays an updated version of the famous Shakespeare character, Macbeth. This is one Aussie actor to keep a look out for.




Pic: © Max Doyle / Headpress Source: The Sunday Telegraph

Sam Worthington set for superstardom with Avatar SAM Worthington is already man of the moment, but he is set to shine even brighter with his role in Avatar, dubbed one of the most ambitious films ever made.
By Jane Hutchinson | Excerpt: dailytelegraph.com


The first time I see Sam Worthington, he’s in a wheelchair. It’s December 2007, in Wellington, New Zealand, and I’m visiting the set of James Cameron’s hotly anticipated film, Avatar.

The sound stage is set up as a futuristic bio-laboratory with all sorts of microscopes, monitors and specimen bottles containing odd-looking life forms. There’s Sigourney Weaver in an auburn wig, serene and commanding, and the director himself, crackling with the energy of a creative visionary in full flight.

They’re friendly and charming as they break filming to greet a gaggle of journalists flown in from around the world, and talk up their US$200 million-plus hi-tech epic. But the star of the film, Worthington, keeps his distance, a brooding presence in a tight grey T-shirt and a buzz cut. The next time I see the Aussie actor, he’s three metres tall and luminous blue. It’s August 2009 and I’m in an IMAX cinema watching a 15-minute teaser intended to whip up media interest ahead of the film’s release this month.




Sam Worthington

Action fan Sam Worthington
Excerpt: philstar.com


Sam Worthington would rather fight than kiss Keira Knightley. The Australian actor says he enjoyed undertaking daring stunts and physical challenges when making 'Avatar' and found his subsequent movie commitments less fulfilling.

He said: "To be honest I craved a gun and a sword while I was doing 'Last Night' opposite Keira Knightley. I didn't get the same kind of rush from the kissing scenes."

Despite the physical nature of his role as a paraplegic ex-marine in 'Avatar', Sam insists he didn't do any training or preparation before filming began because he finds exercise "pointless."

He told Live magazine: "I did nothing. I am not one of these yoga 'I only want wheatgrass and blueberry muffins' guys, and I don't go to the gym, I think it's pointless. If I pick up something heavy it's because I'm going to move it." Despite his lack of fitness preparation, Sam was happy to get involved with the physical challenges on the movie - even when director James Cameron insisted on hurling objects at him. He explained: "I'm scared of nothing. Every scene is tough but it's fun and liberating.




AVATAR's Sam Worthington Discusses Terminator 4
By Peta Hellard | Excerpt: news.com


He has been feted as the next Russell Crowe, so it comes as no surprise that actor Sam Worthington is taking career advice from the horse's mouth. Worthington - whose deep voice, brooding intensity and tough-guy reputation have seen him regularly compared to the Oscar-winner - says Crowe was one of his most valued mentors and friends. "Russell's my hero and I admire him greatly," he says.

"So why not ask him for advice on the industry and how to do certain things?" As for the comparisons, I think they're silly - there's only one of him - but it's very humbling even if it's completely wrong."

Worthington, who turned 32 this month, is currently filming Terminator Salvation - the fourth instalment of the science fiction mega-franchise - in New Mexico. The NIDA graduate stars as Marcus, a mysterious half-man, half-robot who helps lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators in post-apocalyptic 2018. Worthington likens his action-packed role to two unlikely characters - the girly title protagonist in Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. ``That's how I look at him,'' he says.

``He wakes up in this world he doesn't know and he goes searching to try and find answers and find his way home.'' In an exclusive on-set interview, Worthington says he sought the blessing of director James Cameron - who was behind 1984 original The Terminator and 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day - before he agreed to take on the role.




Sam Worthington

New actor makes waves in Terminator Salvation
Excerpt: philstar.com


Pretty soon, the virtually unknown Australian actor Sam Worthington will be catapulted to global stardom as he joins Christian Bale in Columbia Pictures’ futuristic action-adventure Terminator Salvation.

The filmmakers hired Worthington, fresh off his experience working with Terminator creator James Cameron on his upcoming film Avatar. Terminator Salvation is set in post-apocalyptic 2018, where John Connor (Bale) is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of terminators.

But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row.




Sam Worthington Scores a Spot
on ABCNews.com's Top 12 Breakout
Stars of 2009 List | Excerpt: abcnews.com


From "Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson to Tina Fey, 2008 has been a very good year for some stars. But who's set to break out in 2009? ABCNews.com counts down the newest crop of boldfaced names -- and a few already famous faces who are ripe for a comeback.

Americans may not recognize Aussie actor Sam Worthington, but in 2009, he's set to steal the spotlight in two major films. "What's interesting about Sam," said Entertainment Weekly writer Adam B. Vary, "is that he's a relative unknown, but in 'Terminator Salvation,' he'll get above-the-title billing alongside Christian Bale. That's very unusual for someone who's not already a brand name.



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