It hass been an epic last 12 months for Australian actor Sam Worthington. The 33-year-old has starred in “Terminator 4 Salvation,” “Avatar” and now “Clash of the Titans.”
“There is no real difference for me between a $4 million Australian movie and a $100 million Hollywood movie,” he said during a visit to Japan last week with “Titans” director Louis Leterrier. “It’s pretty much a crap shoot what I pick. Sometimes, the idea of doing a small movie without pressure appeals to me; other times, the idea of putting on a dress and going off to kill scorpions for six months in some exotic location is fun, too.
"The barometer for me is if it is a movie I would pay money to go and see. With blockbusters, though, the challenge is to put in the gravity and weight of a smaller film and make sure it is not overwhelmed by the special effects. Also, with bug-budget films, expectations are greater and more critics are after you. I’ve been very lucky to work with directors like James Cameron and Louis. They know where they want to go. As long as I trust my director, I’m OK.”
Worthington said that one advantage of his recent fame is a freedom of choice with movies. “However, having been in those big films raises the bar for me to give audiences the best, which is the most important thing for me. It also means that more people know my ugly head.”
“Clash of the Titans” is a loose remake of the 1981 film, about Perseus (Worthington), the mortal son of the god Zeus (Liam Neeson), who must save the Earth from the devil (Ralph Fiennes) and his minions. Worthington said he learned a lot from watching Fiennes and Neeson. “You just shut up and listen when they are on set. It was like a master’s class,” he said.
Before making the film, director Leterrier visited special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, who worked on the 1981 film. “He gave me his blessing to use CG instead of stop-motion and urged me to make sure the casting and story were strong and that the effects would be in the service of the story,” said Leterrier, who directed “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008.
“Clash of the Titans” is the latest film to be made in 3-D, but both Leterrier and Worthington emphasized that it is just another tool with which to tell a story. “Whether it is 3-D or 2-D, it doesn’t change what I do,” said Worthington. “But it does propel audiences into another world.”
Despite all the special effects, it was a grueling six months for Worthington. “I seemed to be the one who ended up with all the injuries. It would take a much shorter time if I just told you what parts of my body didn’t get hurt.”
“Clash of the Titans” opens in Japan on April 23.© Japan Today