It was December 10, 2009 when Sam Worthington became one of the most famous actors in Hollywood thanks to “Avatar”.
After a modest entrance to the cinema with a sequential role in the film “Bootmen” (2000), the Australian interpreter had already experienced success starring in films such as “Somersault” (2004), “Macbeth” (2006) and “Rogue” ( 2007). However, roles like James Bond had slipped from his grasp.
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By May 2009 he had had his greatest triumph with the release of “Terminator Salvation”, a film that he co-starred with Christian Bale in the role of cyborg Marcus Wright. However, the moderate success of this film would not compare in anything to what he experienced appearing in the James Cameron film, which would make his name (along with Zoe Saldana), international stars.
The next blockbusters he would participate in would not be as prominent. In 2010 he starred in the remake of “Clash of the Titans” as Perseus, a role to which he returned with the sequel “Wrath of the Titans” two years later.
Later it would fall in a series of films of little repercussion like the drama “Last Night”, the failed thriller “Man on a Ledge” (2012). He also participated in several films in his native Australia such as the surfing film “Drift” (2013) and the children’s drama “Paper Planes” (2015). That same year he would participate in the Australian miniseries “Deadline: Gallipoli”, in which he was also an executive producer.
He also had a prominent role in Mel Gibson’s war film “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016), in which he acted alongside Andrew Garfield. A year later, he would participate in the Christian film “The Shack” (2017), which was destroyed by critics, receiving 21% of ‘freshness’ on Rotten Tomatoes, although it received support from the most conservative audience. At the same time he would return to television to act in “Manhunt: Unabomber”, a fictionalized version of the hunt for the American terrorist.
His next films wouldn’t make much of an impact either, with “The Hunter’s Prayer” in 2017, “The Titan” in 2018, and the psychological thriller “Fractured” in 2019.
And while Worthington’s big comeback is expected to come in 2021, when the second part of “Avatar” opens in theaters, there is still one more movie on the actor’s horizon outside of Cameron’s shadow. This is “Dreamland”, a psychological thriller directed by Nicholas Jarecki about the opioid epidemic that will see him act alongside Armie Hammer, Gary Oldman, Evangeline Lilly and Lily-Rose Depp. It does not yet have a departure date.
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