Sam Worthington

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Sam Worthington

Born

8/2/1976, Godalming, Surrey, England, UK

Birth Name

Samuel Shane Worthington

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Worthington, Sam
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Biography

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Born in Godalming, Surrey, England, UK, but raised in Rockingham, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Sam Worthington began his career in acting by supporting his girlfriend in her audition into the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Sam was accepted into the school, but his girlfriend was rejected, thus…more

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  • Trivia

    • Sam has signed on for the lead role of an Avatar sequel, after director James Cameron confirmed he would make a follow-up to the groundbreaking 3D smash hit.

    • Sam's girlfriend Natalie Mark, have been dating since June, 2006. Sam says that she travels with him, while he works, and gives him advice.

    • Sam dropped out of school at the age of seventeen (17) and began doing odd jobs, before residing in Sydney.

    • Sam's father, Ron Worthington, works at a powerplant.

    • In 2003, Sam Worthington starred in Gettin' Square, alongside David Wenham. The director of the film, Jonathan Teplitzky, wanted actors who were eight (8) years older than the then twenty-seven (27) year old Worthington. Jonathan wanted actors who were eight (8) years older than the then twenty-seven (27) year wasn't sure Sam could portray a tough guy and also have elements of the leading man about him. In the end, Mr. Teplitzky decided Sam was fantastic and had David Wenham playing the older, slightly more streetwise accomplice proclaiming "it worked."

    • Sam had won the title of 'GQ Man of the Year' award in Australia in 2009, over Eric Bana and Russell Crowe.

    • Sam had said that he will go where ever the work takes him and would like to go on Dancing with the Stars.

    • Filmography:
      In 2000 Sam portrayed Dunsmore, in JAG (Tv series)
      In 2000 Sam portrayed Phillip Champion, in Water Rats (Tv series)
      In 2000 Sam portrayed Mitchell, in Bootmen (Movie)
      In 2000 Sam portrayed Shane Donovan, in Blue Heelers (Tv series)
      In 2001 Sam portrayed Our Hero, in Matter of Life (Movie)
      In 2002 Sam portrayed Cpl. B.J. 'Depot' Guidry, in Hart's War (Movie)
      In 2002 Sam portrayed Darcy, in Dirty Deeds (Movie)
      In 2003 Sam portrayed Barry Wirth, in Gettin' Square (Movie)
      In 2004 Sam portrayed Ronnie, in Thunderstruck (Movie)
      In 2004 Sam portrayed Joe, in Somersault (Movie)
      In 2004 Sam portrayed Miles, in Blue Poles (Movie)
      In 2004 Sam portrayed Howard Light, in Love My Way (Tv series)
      In 2005 Sam portrayed PFC Lucas, in The Great Raid (Movie)
      In 2005 Sam portrayed Able, in Fink! (Movie)
      In 2005 Sam portrayed Dr. Sam Dash, in The Surgeon (Tv series)
      In 2006 Sam portrayed MacBeth, in MacBeth (Movie)
      In 2006 Sam portrayed Gus Rogers, in Two Twisted (Tv series)
      In 2007 Sam portrayed Neil, in Rogue (Movie)
      In 2009 Sam portrayed Marcus Wright, in Terminator Salvation (Movie)
      In 2009 Sam portrayed Jake Sully, in Avatar (Movie)
      In 2010 Sam portrayed Michael Reed, in Last Night (Movie)
      In 2010 Sam portrayed Perseus, in Clash of the Titans (Movie)
      In 2010 Sam portrayed Young David, in The Debt (Movie)

    • Sam was voted 'Empire's Man of the Year' in 2009, for his roles in Terminator Salvation and Avatar.

    • Worthington is often called one of the biggest upcoming star in movies.

    • Sam is set to feature in the 2010 films, Clash of the Titans, The Debt and Tell Me.

    • Worthington was once described as one of Australia's most likable young leading men by efilmcritic.com

    • Worthington's height is 5' 10" (1.78 m).

    • Worthington was in the same class as Matthew Newton, who is the son Bert and Patty Newton. They are best known for being TV hosts.

    • Worthington once said that he had no intention of becoming an actor and went to the NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) auditions, to support a friend, but was pushed through and got accepted. His friend did not get into NIDA.

    • Worthington earned a scholarship to the John Curtin School of Performing Arts in Fremantle, Western Australia.

    • In 2009, Sam got his first Teen Choice Award nomination for 'Choice Movie Fresh Face Male' in Terminator Salvation.

    • Sam was nominated for a IF award in 2004, for his performance in Somersault.

    • Worthington was nominated for a FCCA award in 2004, for 'Best Actor' in the film Somersault.

    • In 2002, Sam was nominated for a FCCA award for his supporting role in Dirty Deeds.

    • In 2000, Sam was nominated for an AFI award for 'Best Actor' in the film, Bootmen.

    • Sam portrayed Jake Sully in the film Avatar, a science-fiction adventure epic by James Cameron.

    • His favourite artists include Xavier Rudd and Bernard Fanning.

    • Aside from acting, Sam is a keen surfer.

    • Sam's first job was as a bricklayer.

    • Sam has blurred vision but he does not wear glasses.

    • Sam had dated Maeve Dermody for two (2) years. He is now dating Natalie Mark.

    • Sam won 'Best Actor' at the AFI awards for his role in the Australian movie Somersault.

    • Sam Worthington auditioned to become the new James Bond, making it to the final round of the audition process, but was beaten by Daniel Craig.

    • At the age of twenty-two (22), Sam graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1998.

    • Sam Worthington appears in many famous Australian movies including Bootmen and Somersault. He will also be appearing in the upcoming Australian film MacBeth, a disturbing modern view on the Shakespeare classic.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: (Explaining what he was like before he was accepted into NIDA) I had dreadlocks and I thought [playwright] Chekhov was on the starship Enterprise. In hindsight, I was a sponge. That bravery gets you far, and then it gets knocked out of you and you start doubting things. You need to surround yourself with people who make you stronger.

    • Worthington: (on 'Terminator Salvation') It was dark, there is no humor. That is what we set out to do, It's kind of humbling the way they've described your performance against Christian Bales, but we have no control over that. We just have try and do the best character we can do at that time. I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and go down the list of things I saw on IMDb where they found holes in it and go, "You ARE f*cking right. If there was a big ten-ton robot coming outside that gas station, surely we would f*cking hear it!" And I missed that! So I go, "I gotta be a bit better when I'm looking through my scripts!" So that kind of raises my games a bit, 'cause I feel like an idiot for not saying it to McG.

    • Worthington: (on his role in 'Clash of the Titans') 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.

    • Worthington: (On 'Avatar') Yeah. You see the playback in 3D. 3D for James Cameron is like digital for Danny Boyle. That's just the format James Cameron likes. He believes it brings the audience more into the screen. It's not ooga-booga, it's literally you're looking around shit. And with it being photorealistic it actually pings in a lot better. Your brain starts to buy it. It doesn't get distracted and distanced. You believe you're on Pandora.

    • Worthington: (on 'Avatar') 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. James Cameron 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.

      For better or worse, James Cameron comes off to me as a bit of a benevolent dictator. The way the cast of Avatar spoke at San Diego Comic-Con from prepared notes struck this home for me.

    • Worthington: Well, I think the world changes around you - I think you don't change. That's as simple as that. I think if I changed, my mates are going to kick me in the ass. I'm 32 years old. If I was 22, it probably could go to your head, but as far as I'm concerned, as long as it doesn't affect my work and I can keep producing a quality that gets you the work with the likes of James Cameron and McG, then I'm doing okay.

    • Worthington: (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.

    • Sam: 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.

    • Sam: 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.

    • Sam: Most actors go, 'I read the script and fell in love with it'; I fall in love with the directors.

    • Sam: I didn't set out to be famous; if I'd wanted that, I would have gone on Big Brother.

    • Sam: (on being accepted into NIDA) When I told my dad I'd been accepted, he fell out of a hammock because I think he thought he was going to have to pay for it.

    • Sam: (on getting his picture taken) I feel like an idiot. But you suck it up, and think, 'Well, this will help sell the movie.

    • Sam: (about auditioning for James Bond) I read every single book, saw every film I could and did everything to prepare myself. I wasn't wasting anyone's time; I gave it the best I could. I think it's amazingly good-going to get where I did.

    • Sam: (about kissing Erik Thomson in a scene from 'Somersault') No offence to Erik, but it was like kissing a dog.

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  • Another person review

    10
    Sam Worthington is supposed to be on of Hollywoods biggest up and coming stars well on paper it looks like that statement is correct because he is set to appear in some huge movies that will very much make him one of thos e big name actors. Terminator Salvation has been and gone I have never seen it yet I will soon when it is out on DVD the movie got a mixed reception but Worthington was praised for his role. Next he has James Cameron's Avatar, one of the most talked about movies of the year and I'm very excited to see this on it looks fantastic. Next year we see him in Clash of the Titans the original was one of my favourite films as a kid so thats exciting too.moreless
  • Aussie Sam Worthington is lined up to be Hollywood's next biggest star.

    10
    In 2006, I had the honour of meeting Sam Worthington and getting acting tips from him that would help my future career. Little did I know that Sam Worthington was set to be Australia's next biggest star, let alone the world's next biggest star. He's an AFI-award winning actor and he deserves to be. His talent is simply sensational and he has a promising career ahead of him.



    I haven't seen much of Sam's acting, but I do intend to. I saw a short episode of Two Twisted with Sam in it and he was brilliant, adding such life to an intriguing character.



    I hope one day to reach the levels that Sam is and will be reaching.moreless
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