Oh God, it’s another ‘Titans’
Sam Worthington isn’t afraid to express how he feels about “Clash of the Titans”: “I’ve been in the 3-D movie that was the most revered and the most slighted,” he says, referencing his monster hit, “Avatar,” and the original “Titans” film, which now has a sequel.
Worthington returns in “Wrath of the Titans” as Perseus, out to save his dad Zeus (Liam Neeson) from the evil Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and the god of war Ares (Edgar Ramirez).
Worthington assures us, despite being a “p–y actor,” this new film is better than the first.
Why are people still into the Greek gods today?
I just feel that they deal with big themes like destiny and responsibility and these family values that are still relevant to us today. That’s why you go with these mythological tales or Shakespeare or these other big folklore tales that have survived, because we can find relevance in them in our own society.
Did you sustain any injuries on set?
I don’t like talking about that. I’ve got mates that play rugby, so they think I’m a p–y actor, so I don’t ever talk up what happens to me. A couple of bruises, but that’s the nature of this type of film. That’s just by investing yourself in these weird action scenes where you are fighting a guy in a green suit.
Do you think 3-D is overexposed at this point? How do you get audiences to pay the extra price for it?
Make it good. Make it good. Jim [Cameron] has drilled 3-D into my head and what the complexities of it are and how it can be utilized. Definitely on this, one of the first things me and [director Jonathan Liebesman] discussed was how are you going to come in to shoot it? Are you going to shoot it in 3-D? If you convert it, are you going to have a stereoscopic guy on set the whole time? Because I don’t want to be wearing the f–king brunt in a situation like this when it comes to 3-D, which in a way is out of my hands. But if used correctly, I’ve always said, it can draw you into a world.
His favorite scene
“Mine’s the minotaur [gestures to shirt bearing an image of a minotaur],” he says of the nasty beastie that kicks his ass. “I just liked it because it was a brutal fight, like UFC. I just thought, that’s something different. I was getting a bit over the heroes who have big six packs and do stylized action scenes. That was to me the trump card of saying, ‘I want to go back to the movies I grew up watching where the hero got beaten up — the gunslinger who’s a bit rusty and cops a lot of hits.”