LOS ANGELES – Sam Worthingon fully expects filmmaker James Cameron to push the boundaries of cinema even further when they return to Pandora to make “Avatar 2.”
“He’s told me the whole story. He’s told me what we’re doing. And I turned ‘round and said, ‘How’re we gonna do that?’ And he said, ‘I’ve got no idea.’ See, that’s the fun, that’s the journey, and that’s pure Jim. You know, it’s raising the bar for himself in order to kind of raise the experience for the audience,” Worthington said during recent interviews for his new film “Man on a Ledge,” opening in theaters today.
Similarly, the Australian actor said his focus when it comes to picking film projects is giving the audience a great movie-going experience.
“I think ‘Is the audience gonna get its money’s worth?’ That’s what I think. I think ‘Is this movie gonna excite a guy who’s worked 12 hours a day all week really hard, takes his family out, he hasn’t got much money, is it gonna give him his money’s worth so when he leaves that cinema and he’s with his family he goes, “That was a good night out. Thanks for that, movie, that was awesome”?’ That’s my responsibility is to satisfy that guy or girl. I don’t think (about), I don’t care whether the movie makes a billion dollars. I worry whether he had a great time,” Worthington said during the interview at the Four Seasons Hotel.
His philosophy may stem from his blue-collar background. Worthington, who will next appear in the sequel “Wrath of the Titans,” once worked as a bricklayer and used to say in interviews that if his Hollywood career didn’t work out, he could always go back. Of course, that was before “Avatar” became the biggest blockbuster of all time.
“See, I’m lucky now. Now I don’t have to go back to bricklaying. Because ‘Avatar’ was a big success, if my acting career bellied up, I could always go to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and be known as ‘Here comes that big blue guy doing the cha-cha,’” Worthington said, laughing uproariously. “So yeah, I’m lucky. ‘“Celebrity Big Brother” with the big blue dude!’ … If necessary, it’s like ‘“Celebrity Chef” with that big f—ing blue cat man!’ F—ing A! I never have to pick up a trowel again!”