Interview: Sam Worthington gets a second chance to play mythological action hero in "Wrath of the Titans"
From Fridayâs Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Sam Worthington goes Greek again for âWrath of the Titansâ
The action star of âAvatar,â âTerminator: Salvationâ and more relished the chance to build a better hero when he reprised the role of the mythological demi-god Perseus in the âClash of the Titansâ sequel.
LOS ANGELES â Having reclaimed his sword, sandals and mythological monster-slaying moxie, Sam Worthington feels grateful for his second chance to bring a better action hero to film fans
The Australian movie star, 35, reprises his role as the Greek demigod Perseus in âWrath of the Titans,â the successor to the critically scorned 2010 blockbuster âClash of the Titans.â Opening Friday, the monster- and myth-packed sequel gave Worthington an opportunity to improve on the âgeneric, bland, bald-headed action thingâ he created for his initial âClash.â
âI personally kind of donât like what I did in the first one. I think I dropped the ball. I let down the audience âŚ in the sense of I created a character that wasnât really a character,â Worthington said during an interview earlier this year at the Four Seasons Hotel.
âHe was a conduit for the story. That was it. He couldâve been played by anybody. âŚ So in this one, I was so lucky to get a second chance, to go, âAll right, letâs scrap Perseus. Letâs decide what kind of man he is. Letâs try to think what heâs been doing. Letâs try to create a character that an 11-year-old boy or a 30-year-old woman can look at and go âYeah, I like that person and I want to go on this journey with them.â And (letâs) not distance the audience by being generic.ââ
âWrath of the Titansâ picks up Perseusâ story 10 years after he killed the gruesome Kraken at the end of âClash.â In the intervening decade, the hero has tried to live a quiet life as a fisherman and single father to his 10-year-old son Helius (John Bell). But a battle for supremacy is intensifying between the gods and their monstrous forefathers, the Titans. When Perseusâ father Zeus (Liam Neeson), the ruler of the gods, is betrayed by his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and captured so the Titans can drain his power, Perseus must swap his fishing net for his warriorâs sword.
âI think itâs amazing. I think itâs awesome. Love it. I think itâs got big-(expletive) monsters and a lot of heart this time,â Worthington said of the sequel.
âMy job is to satisfy an audience. Thatâs how I look at it. So I donât kind of go into projects frivolously because that lets down the people that work hard and pay money to see my ugly head. I think thatâs disrespectful.
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