Sam Worthington Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS; Describes THUNDER RUN Filming Process as Cross Between AVATAR and TRON

     January 6, 2012

Sam Worthington WRATH OF THE TITANS and THUNDER RUN interview slice

Before the release of James Cameron’s box office juggernaut Avatar, Sam Worthington was relatively unknown here in the U.S. However, the guy’s acting career took off in a big way in 2009 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Steve recently got the chance to sit down with Worthington to talk about his latest film Man on a Ledge. While we’ll have the full conversation up closer to the movie’s release, we wanted to share what Worthington had to say about two highly anticipated upcoming projects.

The actor spoke about the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans, including his reaction to the finished film, and he briefly talked about the upcoming 3D motion-capture Iraq war film Thunder Run. He described the filming process of the latter as a mix between Avatar and Tron, and talked about the ambitious scope of the project. Hit the jump for more.

Regarding Wrath of the Titans, Worthington revealed that he’s already seen the follow-up and candidly describes how it differs from the first film:

“I’ve seen the movie, it’s awesome. I love it. It’s the same world [as Clash of the Titans]; it’s got big fuckin’ monsters, it’s a blockbuster. Everything that I personally felt that I’d let down in the first one, I got the chance to rectify.”

Following the lackluster critical reaction to Clash of the Titans, it’s certainly reassuring to hear that Worthington feels they got things right this time around. The actor said that director Jonathan Liebesman’s plan was to make the film more realistic (in the vein of Ridley Scott), and described the director’s approach to CG characters in the pic:

“[Liebesman’s approach to] putting CG characters into this kind of world [was that] it shouldn’t seem as if the CG characters are the whole thing, we got the creatures in there but they’ve gotta mesh with what we’ve set up, rather than us going to them they had to mesh with us.”

wrath-of-the-titans-movie-poster-01However, the creatures are secondary to the central throughline of the film. Worthington said that at its heart, Wrath of the Titans is about familial relationships:

“Primarily what it is, it’s about fathers and sons. It just happens to have a shit load of monsters, it just happens to be set in a Greek mythological world, but essentially it’s about a father and a son, that’s what it’s about.”

In addition to Wrath of the Titans, Worthington talked briefly about Thunder Run. Directed by Simon West, the actor will be joined by Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey in the 3D war pic. Worthington revealed the reasoning behind going the CG and motion-capture route on the ambitious film:

“It’s based on an actual case where 300 tanks went into Baghdad. You can’t do that for real, it costs way too much money and setup time to reset 300 tanks. How we’re doing it is a bit like a cross between Avatar and Tron, a mo-cap kind of world, which is interesting. They’ve shown me some designs and they’ve shown me their little practice on it, but if they pull it off it’s certainly gonna be a different type of film.”

Motion-capture is definitely an atypical approach to an Iraq war film, but as Worthington said if West can pull it off, Thunder Run should be one hell of a war movie. I’m guessing the actors will be real in the film but their surroundings will be CG/motion-capture (a la Tron: Legacy), though at this point it’s not entirely clear. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.

Here’s the portion of the interview where Worthington talks about Wrath of the Titans and Thunder Run, followed by a full transcript. Look for the full interview soon.

wrath-of-the-titans-banner-poster-2Have you seen a rough cut yet of Wrath of the Titans?

Sam Worthington: I’ve seen the movie, it’s awesome. I love it.

Compared to the first one?

Worthington: It’s the same world, it’s got big fuckin’ monsters, it’s a blockbuster. Everything that I personally felt that I’d let down in the first one, I got the chance to rectify.

I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Liebesman, your director.

Worthington: Yeah I liked him a lot.

thunder-run-book-coverI thought you maybe went for a more realistic tone.

Worthington: He wanted that, he wanted to be like a Ridley Scott kind of feel. It was more this: putting CG characters into this kind of world, it shouldn’t seem as if the CG characters are the whole thing, we got the creatures in there but they’ve gotta mesh with what we’ve set up, rather than us going to them they had to mesh with us. But primarily what it is, it’s about fathers and sons. It just happens to have a shit load of monsters, it just happens to be set in a greek mythological world, but essentially it’s about a father and a son, that’s what it’s about.

Do you know what you’re doing in 2012, other projects?

Worthington: I’m doing a thing called Thunder Run later on in the year, which if it works it’s very ambitious. It’s based on an actual case where 300 tanks went into Baghdad. You can’t do that for real, it costs way too much money and setup time to reset 300 tanks. How we’re doing it is a bit like a cross between Avatar and Tron, a mo-cap kind of world, which is interesting. They’ve shown me some designs and they’ve shown me their little practice on it, but if they pull it off it’s certainly gonna be a different type of film.

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