Worthington Talks “Avatar” Reaction

A group of online journalists got to visit the London set of “Clash of the Titans” last week and spoke with rising Aussie actor Sam Worthington about the varying reaction to the just premiered “Avatar” trailer and IMAX presentation.

I myself didn’t get invited (though I was on another secret set visit here in Australia at the time, more on that later), but the likes of CHUD, Coming Soon and some others have scored quotes from the hunky thesp who has read a lot of the online chatter and whose take pretty much agrees with mine on one key aspect – “I can see their point, but it’s not built for an Apple Mac. It’s built for IMAX. It’s built for 3D. It’s what he’s designed it for, he’s designed it to bring people back into the cinema.”

One move with the release that has caused some argument is the way the trailer was released online over a day before the IMAX screenings in theaters. While the IMAX reaction talk has been very positive, the online trailer reaction is far more divided – “It’s interesting that he’s released that trailer, that Jim’s gone and done that, and the next day he’s releasing it on IMAX. From one extreme to the other – we get criticism and then we get rave reviews. That’s obviously going to get people to think and go, ‘Damn right, I’m going to see this at the cinema.'”

The actor also took the chance to comment on the mixed reception to “Terminator Salvation”. Unlike other actors, Worthington happily admits he reads the critical reviews – “It was dark. There is no humor. That’s what we set out to do. It’s humbling the way they describe your performance against Christian’s, but we have no control over that. We just have to do the best character we can do at the time…I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and go down the list on IMDB where they found holes in it and go, ‘You are fucking right! If there was a big 10 ton robot coming outside that gas station, surely we would fuckin’ hear it!’ And I missed that! So now I’m going to be a bit fuckin’ better when I’m going through my scripts because now I feel like an idiot for not turning to McG [and saying something].”