And now, Moses Free weighs in with his opinion of Sam Worthington, star of the biggest movie of ALL-TIME, Avatar:
Man, this weekend turned into a Sam Worthington movie festival at our house. First, Terminator: Salvation arrived from Netflix. We started watching it and were like, OMG, it’s the dude from Avatar!
You know, it’s funny because he was probably the most likable main character in the movie, as John Connor was like this obnoxious leader-type with the worries of humanity on his mind. In Avatar, Sam Worthington’s character was kinda annoying with his headstrong ways. So, he really showed he could play a different kind of character. Plus, I pretty much forgot about his role in Avatar while watching T4; I love it when an actor can make you forget they’re an actor. He did a really good job. Might I add that the directing was Black Hawk Down-esque. Man, it was so real. And I loved that they paid homage to T2 by playing Guns n’ Roses and Alice in Chains prominently.
Then we got Clash of the Titans and, LOL, there he is again! Sam Worthington starred in that remake!
My wife and I were both shocked to find out that he has an Australian accent! The movie was pretty good … my wife was kinda annoyed with the deviations in the story from myth, particularly how Calibus was portrayed, but I was kinda like, “Hey, they had to throw unexpected things in there to keep things interesting.” Besides, fans of the original Clash got to see some famous scenes redone with modern tech, like the scorpions scene, the battle with Medusa, and the Kraken. I think they pretty much covered the key points. Besides, they put Hades in there, which was cool. It was cool to see the main characters from Schindler’s List, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, playing gods and discussing humanity. Overall, the movie definitely paid homage to the original while taking it all to a new level. The directing was good, too.
Anyway, I got a Harrison Ford-esque kind of vibe watching him in this last movie. He does that look before diving into a dangerous situation that Harrison does. He had some of the ironic facial expressions that Ford did in his prime (I suppose he still does ‘em, but I digress). I could see him totally playing in a Blade Runner or Star Wars remake.
My respect of Sam Worthington as an actor totally went through the roof after watching this. I mean, he had me totally fooled in Avatar — he sounded exactly like a nonchalant, “Hey dude,” kinda modern guy there, and it turns out that he had to work hard to make that accent happen. And then in Terminator: Salvation, he had an American accent but not as “Hey dude”-ish. So, like Ewan McGregor (another great actor), he’s a master of American accents.
I looked up Sam Worthington on Wikipedia, and it turns out he’s hitting the big time in his 30′s, just like Harrison Ford. Worthington had to work while getting acting jobs, and eventually became a critically-acclaimed (translate: underpaid) Australian actor who had run out of money before he got the roles in Avatar and Terminator Salvation.
So, I’m rooting for Sam Worthington now. I hope the Clash of the Titans and Avatar sequels are huge for him, and he gets many more big time roles. I hope audiences appreciate the guy. The way I figure it, he’s got a better chance of appreciating that he’s won life’s lotto and use his fame for good, as opposed to others like Lindsay Lohan or Shia Lebouf, who only seem to find ways to get in trouble, squandering their good fortune.