Sam Worthington Biography
Sam Worthington (Samuel Henry John Worthington) is an Australian actor born on 2nd August 1976 in Surrey, England. He is popularly known for his role as Jake Sully in 2009 film Avatar.
Sam Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England, and moved to Perth, Western Australia when he was two months old. He grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J., a housewife, raised him and his sister, Lucinda. His father, Ronald W. Worthington, was a power plant employee.
Sam Worthington attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specialising in the dramatic arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he studied drama but did not graduate. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a one-way trip to Cairns, Queensland, telling him to “work his way home”. He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney.
Sam Worthington Career
At the age of 19 Sam Worthington auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted with a scholarship. Sam Worthington had a major role in Somersault (2004) and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth (2006). He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault. He was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, in which he played the main love interest of the female lead.
Sam Worthington began his career in Holywood in small roles. In 2005 he starredin ‘The Great Raid’,which was filmed in Australia. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale but lost the role to Daniel Craig.He starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue (2007), as a man named Neil, which gained a 100 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
In Terminator Salvation, Sam Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him. Shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthington’s next project. In the film, he played Jake Sully, a paraplegic US Marine who, assigned to control an alien body called an avatar through a neural link, finds himself at the centre of a war between his own species and the indigenous Na’vi people of the moon Pandora.
The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $2.73 billion ($3.1 billion adjusted for inflation) in box-office receipts worldwide. In November 2010, Sam Worthington told GQ Australia that he went to audition, but wasn’t told what it was for and got annoyed. So he did his part, left, forgot about it – and was called back. “I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across,” he says. “I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because that’s Sully’s character – a guy who doesn’t like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right.”
In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Sam Worthington as one of the young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-List”. He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who’s Who in Australia 2011 edition.
In 2012, Sam Worthington starred in the sequel to Clash of the Titans, called Wrath of the Titans, alongside Liam Neeson. As in the first film, Worthington played the demigod and son of Zeus, Perseus. He also reprised his role as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Sam Worthington Movies
- 2000: Bootmen as Mitchell Okden
- 2001: A Matter of Life as Our Hero
- 2002: Hart’s War as Cpl. B.J. “Depot” Guidry
- 2002: Dirty Deeds as Darcy Ryan
- 2003: Gettin’ Square as Barry “Wattsy” Wirth
- 2004: Somersault as Joe
- 2004: Thunderstruck as Ronnie
- 2005: The Great Raid as Pfc. Lucas
- 2005: Fink! as Able
- 2006: Macbeth as Lord Macbeth
- 2007: Rogue as Neil Kelly
- 2009: Terminator Salvation as Marcus Wright
- 2009: Avatar as Jake Sully
- 2010: Clash of the Titans as Perseus
- 2010: Last Night as Michael Reed
- 2010: Love & Distrust as Miles
- 2011: The Debt as Young David Peretz
- 2011: Texas Killing Fields as Detective Mike Souder
- 2012: Man on a Ledge as Nick Cassidy
- 2012: Wrath of the Titans as Perseus
- 2013: Drift as JB
- 2014: Sabotage as James “Monster” Murray
- 2014: Cake as Roy Collins
- 2014: The Keeping Room as Moses
- 2015: Paper Planes as Jack Webber
- 2015: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken as Willem Holleeder
- 2016: Hacksaw Ridge as Captain Glover
- 2017: The Shack as Mack Philips
- 2017: The Hunter’s Prayer as Stephen Lucas
- 2018: The Titan as Rick Janssen
Sam Worthington TV Shows
- 2000: JAG as Dunsmore
- 2000: Water Rats as Phillip Champion
- 2000: Blue Heelers as Shane Donovan
- 2004: Love My Way as Howard Light
- 2005: The Surgeon as Dr. Sam Dash
- 2006: Two Twisted as Gus Rogers
- 2015: Deadline Gallipoli as Phillip Schuler
- 2017: Manhunt: Unabomber as Jim Fitzgerald
Sam Worthington Wife
Sam Worthington was rumoured to have a relationship with Lara Bingle, an Australian model, and on 18th October 2013 he confirmed the rumours. They married on 28 December 2014 and had a son, Rocket Zot, in 2015. In October 2016, Bingle and Worthington had their second child, another son, Racer.
Sam Worthington Interview
Interviewer: I’ve read that you’re a big reader, that you lug around a bag of books as you travel from set to set. Were you always that way, or did traveling and sitting around on sets do that to you?
Sam Worthington: I was always that way. I had a lot jobs that bored me when I was growing up. A building site can be a bit tedious, so books kind of get your imagination going.
Interviewer: What kinds of books do you read these days?
Sam Worthington:Now it’s a lot of “Cat in the Hat,” because I’m a dad. [Laughs] But I like non-fiction books more the older I get. I’m into history, especially if I’m working somewhere. I used to live in Hawaii, so I immersed myself in the Hawaiian culture by reading about it. When you’re a teenager and someone’s trying to force it down your throat, you don’t care. The older you get, the history of the world fascinates you more.
Interviewer: It’s true. School is wasted on the young.
Sam Worthington: I live in New York, and I’m fascinated by what’s underneath the city, things like that. I’d look at the High Line and think, ‘What’s the history of that?’ That leads you to learn what it was used for, that they wanted to build above the street, because the trains [that used to run there] were killing too many people. That leads you down another rabbit hole, then another rabbit hole — why Tribeca is named Tribeca, why Canal Street is called Canal Street. You just keeping going.
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Interviewer: So you’re one of those people who spends hours Googling.
Sam Worthington:Pretty much, yeah. I’m a bit of a Luddite, but the Google rabbit hole happens a lot. My wife will be like, “What are you watching? What are you reading? How did you end up here?” [Laughs]
Interviewer: You’re probably great at dinner parties. You could keep busting out weird, arcane trivia.
Sam Worthington: I don’t go to dinner parties, but if I did, yeah. [Laughs]
Interviewer: It almost seems like being an actor plays on that same instinct. All of a sudden you’re in a movie like “The Shack.” You’re not a very religious person, but this is a religious movie.
Sam Worthington: Some people think of it as a Christian movie. I never looked at it that way. I don’t look at all action movies as action movies, or thrillers as thrillers. That’s something that helps split up Blockbuster Video stores. I just found it to be an interesting story about a man who has to learn to forgive himself, and forgive God, and forgive the people who have done him wrong. That’s how I look at most movies: Does it hit me personally?
Interviewer: I think the best religious movies are really about other things, too. “The Shack” is about forgiveness and the difficulty of dealing with trauma.
Sam Worthington: That’s how I look at the Bible. The Bible is like a guideline for how to live a better life. The idea of “The Shack” is learning to forgive others and that the healing process is going to take time. It doesn’t happen automatically. It’s very hard to forgive people who have done you wrong, but here’s some steps you can take.
Interviewer: It’s a topic most of us don’t like to think about.
Sam Worthington: We’re all going to have some kind of tragedy in our life. Someone we love will die. How do we get past that? There’s always going to be someone to help you with that, whether it’s family or loved ones or God. We all think we’re communicating on our iPhones, but in reality it distances us more. Sometimes we do feel all alone on this planet, and it’s nice to have a movie that argues otherwise.
Interviewer: I do think social media can be great for finding people, but I do think you should meet your online friends in real life at some point.
Sam Worthington:I don’t have any social media. But I’m trying to be more social in my real life. My son’s at the age when he’s starting to discover what friendship is. To be honest, I’m still trying to figure that out, too.
Interviewer: I should ask you an “Avatar” question while I have you, since you’ll allegedly start shooting the sequels this summer. But I don’t want spoilers. So I’ll just say I think we just have to trust James Cameron. People always doubt his next movies, then they always wind up being the biggest things ever.
Sam Worthington: [Laughs] I love “Titanic” because Jim made a movie where everyone already knew the ending. The ship was going to sink; he wasn’t going to change that. He still made a movie that connected with everyone.
Interviewer: He’s an interesting filmmaker because he’s so powerful that he can make whatever he wants. You don’t get the sense that he’s just focus grouping, giving people what they think they want. It always feels genuine.
Sam Worthington: He makes movies that mean something to him but he also wants to entertain. He’s always searching for some connective tissue. He’s inspiring to be around.
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