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Sam Worthington on Clash of the Titans

Published April 1, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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If you’re used to seeing Sam Worthington in futuristic action like Terminator Salvation and Avatar, get ready to go old school. This week he takes on the Greek monster epic Clash of the Titans with swords and sandals. At least he’s got a sense of humor about it.

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“I didn’t wear sandals,” Worthington claimed. “I wore Nikes. You can write that down, Nikes. Sponsorship, dude. And I painted toes on my Nikes. I was sprinting off and doing a lot bigger stunts while they had dirt getting in their sandals and they were tripping all over the place. I was the smart one that thought ahead.”

Conditions still got the better of him. After four years in a comfortable motion capture stage, Worthington had to battle the elements as well as the monsters. “We were above the clouds as well. The altitude was ridiculous. I don’t know exactly how high up we were. The terrain of Wales sucked. That was the worst place I’ve ever filmed. I love the Welsh and Wales is a beautiful place, but not a f*cking slate mine with the rain going up. That was tough. That is the entrance to the Underworld. You know you’re in trouble when everyone around you on set is wearing a hard hat and things are falling off while you’re just standing there in your dress. Shooting underwater was harder than I thought. Underwater is tough. I thought it would be easy. It slows everything done. It times everything by two. It’s weird. Screw doing The Abyss. I don’t know how Jim [Cameron] did it ‘cause underwater is a hard place to film. That’s only 20 or 35 seconds of film, but that took us at least four days.”

Pegasi were no picnic either. “Me and the horse didn’t get along. I did a lot on a gimble horse, and then for the rest, I tried not to get my head bitten off. He would just bite me all the time. We did the flying all on a green screen. It was pretty cool.”

Worthington was game for all the hardships though, because he wanted to make a much more hardcore Clash of the Titans than the original. “I’m quoted on the Film School Rejects website about what I felt about the original, so you can look there and see it. But, everyone has a fondness for the original. We were on tricky ground here. The purists can crucify you if we screw up. So, I reacquainted myself with it to see if we were going to be okay with Louis’ intention of how to ramp this thing up. Obviously, the visual effects and the stop motion that Harryhausen did was fantastic, for the time, but the visual effects nowadays can boost it, as you can see. The original was a good jumping-off point for us, but we weren’t out to remake it as such. We were out to put our own modern-day spin on it, which is the key to watching anything. If you watch the Terminator series, you see how they had to create their own spin on the franchise.”

Not that Worthington is the authority on blockbusters now. He’s made a few but he still embraces the wisdom of his elders. “When you’ve got the likes of [Elizabeth McGovern] and Pete Posthelwaite, you can’t really go wrong. It’s like working with Liam [Neeson] and Ralph [Fiennes]. I’m an infant, mate. You shut up and you listen and you learn a hell of a lot. It’s easy to act. Acting, you’re only as good as the person you’re opposite.”

Clash of the Titans opens to theaters April 2nd.

For stills, posters, trailers and more movie info, go to the Clash of the Titans Movie Page.
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