Sam Worthington Provides an Update on 'Avatar' and 'Clash of the Titans' Sequels

Monday, 10 October 2011 13:09 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Sam Worthington Provides an Update on 'Avatar' and 'Clash of the Titans' Sequels

Given that he's the star of the biggest film of all time, it's strange to consider that just two years ago, American audiences weren't familiar with Sam Worthington, the Australian actor who played ex-marine-turned-interplanetary revolutionary Jake Sully in James Cameron's Avatar.  That film conquered theaters and brought about the current wave of 3D features in 2009, the same year that Worthington starred alongside Christian Bale in Terminator: Salvation.

Since springing to international stardom, Worthington has kept exceedingly busy, putting another notch in his epic-scale franchise belt as Perseus in last year's Clash of the Titans remake, and this year, he's also committed to smaller, more intimate films such as the relationship drama Last Night with Keira Knightley.  Last month, he starred alongside Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren in John Madden's The Debt, and he plays a determined rural cop in the dark police procedural Texas Killing Fields, arriving in theaters this Friday.  In a phone interview with journalists from all over the world promoting Texas Killing Fields, Worthington provided brief updates on his next mega-movies: the already-filmed Clash of the Titans 2, and the two eventual sequels to Avatar.

Clash of Titans was a commercial hit and featured crowd-pleasing action on a large scale, but Worthington – who has become known for his unusual candor – publicly criticized the film's story, and has said that the sequel should address any problems the 2010 had.  While he has praised the direction of Louis Leterrier,Warner Bros selected a new helmer for the sequel.  Under the direction of Battle: Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman, Clash of the Titans 2 began production in March.  Worthington kept his comments on the sequel minimal, but mentioned it within the context of his onscreen persona, saying, "Especially with Clash 2, we definitely tried to put a lot more humor in." 

The continuation of the story begun in Avatar will be continued in two films, shot concurrently, tentatively set for release in 2014 and 2015.  Worthington responded to the inevitable Pandora-related queries with good humor, saying, "In regards to Avatar, I can't really say much, because Jim's people will come and tackle me (laughs).  But I know that it's scheduled in for him to write it.  The last I talked to him he was just writing the bible, which is a, you know, a big kind of book about the whole world and the history of Pandora and the universe.  That kind of fuels him up to get into writing 2 and 3, so that's about all I know on that so far, apart from the story and stuff."

"Me and Jim have talked about 2 and 3 together," he explained.  "Because it's not necessarily sequels and trilogies; he looks at it as just, extensions of this universe and a kind of a full-on story arc.  That's how he looks at it."

Appearing in such a wide variety of roles since his breakout turn has been a means of refining his skills and continuously growing better as an actor.  This, he said, will allow him to keep with notorious perfectionist Cameron when the Avatar sequels get up and running.  "You initially kind of keep going and going, because if Jim calls and my caliber isn't up, is on the same power as when I started Avatar, I know he'll kick my butt," he explained. "But I know if I kind of keep going, then when we go and do Avatar 2 and he's going, 'Fuck, you've improved,' or 'You're actually committing yourself more, doing this, doing that, whatever number of things that you do to keep improving on your craft,' then he'll be happy and I'll be ecstatic. That's it.  You just keep taking jobs that can keep pushing yourself as a craftsman."

Presumably, Avatar 2 and 3 will also see the return of Zoe Saldana, who provided the motion-capture performance for Jake's Na'vi love interest, the fierce warrior Neytiri.  In Clash of the Titans 2, which is set for release on March 30, 2012, Worthington will once again join Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, along with newcomers Rosamund Pike, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, and Bill Nighy.  The actor kicks off 2012 in January with the thriller Man on a Ledge, where he plays the eponymous man on a ledge, hundreds of feet above a busy Manhattan street.

There's no need to wait until next year or beyond to see Sam Worthington onscreen, however, as Texas Killing Fields hits select theaters this Friday, October 14th.

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