In the past two years, Sam Worthington built a career for himself by taking starring roles in films that benefited from high-profile collaborators or familiar franchises, including "Terminator: Salvation," "Clash of the Titans," and of course, James Cameron’s longtime pet project "Avatar." But on Friday, Worthington told MTV News that he’s ready to get behind projects he has a part in creating.
Speaking at a press day for Full Clip Productions, the comic book imprint Worthington launched with his partners John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, the actor said the increased participation only fuels his creativity.
“We come from a cottage industry whether we’re making graphic novels in Australia or short films or major movies,” he told MTV News. “You’re basically coming in from the get-go, and what that does is it gives you a bigger investment. We’re not in here as guns for hire or writing stuff that’s like a gravy train for young Samuel – that ain’t going to happen.”
Worthington suggested that his and his partner’s passion for their work, such as an adaptation of their comic book series The Last Days of American Crime, eventually translates to audiences.
“[It’s] a case of, we can actually come in, have an investment from the very beginning, and then people will realize our passion for the story,” he said. “That helps. Audiences are smart. They know if we’re just kind of going along for the ride and not putting in 100 percent. But going in at the ground level, you definitely feel your feet getting wet.”
Worthington indicated that their film version of "American Crime" is well underway, but said that they weren’t yet sure exactly how similar a film version would be to the source material.
“I think that comes down to which director we get on board,” he revealed. “I think for something primarily as graphic and violent and has a certain kind of style as 'Last Days' does, at the moment we’re fleshing out more of the substance of it.”
He also said that because of the mixed success other filmmakers had in the past with staging an “exact” translation, as Robert Rodriguez attempted with "Sin City," they hadn’t decided how faithful they wanted to be cinematically.
“I am a big fan of '300,' I thought that was great,” Worthington said. “But no one wants to go and emulate that. They have tried, and it didn’t work because audiences are too smart. We’ve got to find our own way of twisting that comic book into a great, innovative, original movie.”
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