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About Sam Worthington (1976 – ____)
Samuel Henry John "Sam" Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England, and moved to Perth, Western Australia when he was six months old. He grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J. (née Martyn), a housewife, brought him and his sister Lucinda up. His father, Ronald W. Worthington, was a power plant employee. He attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specializing in the dramatic arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he studied drama but did not graduate. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a one-way trip to Cairns, Queensland, telling him to "work his way home". He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney. At age 19, while working as a bricklayer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted with a scholarship.
Worthington had a major role in Somersault and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth. He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault. He was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, in which he played the main love interest of the female lead.
Worthington's international film career began with a series of small roles in Hollywood productions. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale but lost the role to Daniel Craig. He starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue, as a man named Neil. Rogue has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In Terminator Salvation, Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright, who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him.
Shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthington's next project. In the film, he played Jake Sully, a paraplegic US Marine who, assigned to control an alien body called an avatar through a neural link, finds himself at the centre of a war between his own species and the indigenous Na'vi people of the moon Pandora. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than US$2.730 billion ($3.0 billion adjusted for inflation) in box-office receipts worldwide. In November 2010, Worthington told GQ Australia that he went to audition, but wasn't told what it was for and got annoyed. So he did his part, left, forgot about it — and was called back. "I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across," he says. "I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because that's Sully's character — a guy who doesn't like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right."
He provided voice work for Captain Alex Mason, the protagonist character in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Some gamers criticized Worthington's inability to mask his Australian accent, as in Avatar. In November 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Worthington as one of the young male actors who are "pushing — or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".
He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition.
In November 2011, Worthington — along with Jonah Hill and Dwight Howard — starred in commercials for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
In 2012, Worthington starred in the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, alongside Liam Neeson. As in the first film, Worthington played the demigod and son of Zeus, Perseus. He also reprised his role as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Worthington has said that when he was about 30, he sold most of his possessions and ended up with around $2,000 to his name. He says he bought a car with the proceeds and was living in it before he successfully auditioned for his role in Avatar. He then found a place to live.
In October 2013, Worthington confirmed rumors of a relationship with Australian, model Lara Bingle. They married on 28 December 2014 and had a son, Rocket Zot, in 2015. In October 2016 they had their second child, another son.
Worthington is a Christian.
Sam Worthington's movie credits include...
|2001||A Matter of Life||Our Hero|
|2002||Hart's War||Cpl. B.J. "Depot" Guidry|
|2002||Dirty Deeds||Darcy Ryan|
|2003||Gettin' Square||Barry "Wattsy" Wirth|
|2005||The Great Raid||Pfc. Lucas|
|2009||Terminator Salvation||Marcus Wright|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Perseus|
|2010||Last Night||Michael Reed|
|2010||Love & Distrust||Miles|
|2011||The Debt||Young David Peretz|
|2011||Texas Killing Fields||Detective Mike Souder|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Nick Cassidy|
|2012||Wrath of the Titans||Perseus|
|2014||Sabotage||James "Monster" Murray|
|2014||The Keeping Room||Moses|
|2015||Paper Planes||Jack Webber|
|2015||Kidnapping Freddy Heineken||Willem Holleeder|
|2016||Hacksaw Ridge||Captain Glover|
|2017||The Shack||Mack Philips|
|2017||Hunter's Prayer||Stephen Lucas|
Sam Worthington's television credits include...
|2000||Water Rats||Phillip Champion|
|2000||Blue Heelers||Shane Donovan|
|2004||Love My Way||Howard Light|
|2005||The Surgeon||Dr. Sam Dash|
|2006||Two Twisted||Gus Rogers|
|2015||Deadline Gallipoli||Phillip Schuler|
Memorable Quotes by 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. ”
“ A mate of mine told me recently, 'It's the first time I've seen you work, Worthington.' I thought that was quite funny, but he was right. ”
[on Avatar (2009)] “ It's gotta hell of a lotta hype, 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 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. ”
[on his role in Clash of the Titans (2010)] “ Oh I want to do it exactly the same. That guy's gonna come after me... no, I had a take on Perseus that I said to Louie and he went with it and the studio kind of liked my take, and we'll see if it works. ”
[on the Terminator Franchise] “ Well, I reacquainted myself with the movies, obviously, before we started, but I would have been actually 15 or something when Terminator 2 came out. So you remember the liquid man, of course, and that was revolutionary for this time, going through the helicopter and all that. But I think what they do is they showcase how good a storyteller Jim is. ”
[on refusing to discuss injuries he sustained making Wrath of the Titans (2012)] “ I don't like talking about that. I've got mates who play rugby and they think I'm a pussy actor. ”
Things You May Not Know About Sam Worthington
He 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.
He was a finalist to play James Bond in Casino Royale (2006) before Daniel Craig was cast.
He was a bricklayer before becoming an actor.
He has blurred vision but does not wear glasses.
He was the recipient of the Australians in Film 2009 Breakthrough Award (The Golden Boomerang) presented to him by James Cameron.