Video:Sam Worthington Interview - Terminator Salvationwith Rebecca Murray
Sam Worthington's not exactly a household name now, but with a lead role in Warner Bros Pictures' 'Terminator Salvation' and one in James Cameron's 'Avatar,' that will soon change.See Transcript
Transcript:Sam Worthington Interview - Terminator SalvationRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con.
Sam Worthington – 'Marcus' in Terminator Salvation
You actually got injured filming this, didn't you?
Sam Worthington: "I think I get injured every day. I'm cut up at the moment. I pulled some muscles. But you know it's Terminator, it's not Pride and Prejudice, so you're going to get beat up."
The crowd down there seemed to really love the clips that were shown. Did you expect that kind of reaction from comic fans?
Sam Worthington: "We hoped for it. Our mission was to show the fans that we're true to the mythology of Terminator and that we're not kind of screwing around with it. That we want to make the war that they've been waiting for since Terminator 1. It's gritty, visceral. It's like Black Hawk Down meets Mad Max, you know? Hopefully they've seen it and can see where we're going."
You're a different kind of Terminator because you still have kind of a human tone, human feelings, so how do you do that?
Sam Worthington: "I'm one that doesn't know what he is. He's trying to figure out is he human, is he a machine? And it's about a journey of identity and what makes a man."
Were you a fan of the original Terminator movies before you took this on?
Sam Worthington: "I remember the T2 when I was younger. I remember the liquid man and how blown away I was by that, like everyone was. I kind of re-watched them before I did the job. The first one's a horror movie. The second one's a great chase movie. The third one's like a romp. And hopefully ours is the war movie."
And squaring off against Christian Bale, what's that like?
Sam Worthington: "Christian's the most dedicated, passionate and intelligent actor that I've ever worked with, and he only makes you better."
And you haven't really done that many action movies before. This was something brand new as far as these big action films. How did that go?
Sam Worthington: "I've never ever done a movie on this scale, apart from filming Avatar, but this is its own beast. And it's great to be a part of the family. You saw it up on the podium. We've got a lot of solidarity about us, just like you would if you're in a war together."
And McG as the director of this, he has a very specific vision of what he wants to bring to the screen so how does that help you?
Sam Worthington: "McG's extremely enthusiastic, extremely passionate about getting this right. He said to me, 'I don't want to make a McG movie; I want to make a Terminator movie.' That's what made me sign on and I'm sure a lot of the others. Therefore when you're working, you want to make it the best that it can be. You want to please him."
Are you doing a lot of your own stunts or they throwing somebody in for you? How's it going?
Sam Worthington: "We do as much stunts as we can before we get killed, because that would kind of screw up filming."
The set of this looks gritty and dark and nasty, what's it like to be on a Terminator set?
Sam Worthington: "It's gritty, dark and nasty. We're trying to make this visceral. We're trying to make the audience feel that this post-apocalyptic world could have happened. That this war against machines could happen in the near future. Therefore when you're doing it, you're covered in dirt, grime, and you're fighting your heart out."
You also have a love interest in this too, so you have to play a softer part to a Terminator?
Sam Worthington: "It's more about we're trying to [show] how people connect. In times of trouble, when a war is on or when disasters happen, people bond from all walks of life. Whether you're black, white, robot, or machine, people are connecting. That people are connecting, that's what we're trying to show."