Sam Worthington is a peculiar Hollywood story. The Australia-born actor is already a common name in geek circles thanks to his work on "Terminator Salvation" and "Avatar," but one of those films was critically panned and the other one hasn't even been released yet.
Still, there's something undeniably refreshing about a guy who can identify a rotten egg even if it came from his own barn, so to speak. Sci Fi Wire caught up with Worthington during a group interview, in which the actor spoke about "Terminator"'s shortcomings in pretty specific terms. Aside from admitting to the film's complete lack of humor, Worthington pointed out some continuity gaffs that one wouldn't expect to hear from the movie's leading man.
"I can nitpick with the best of them, man, and kind of go down the list of things I saw on IMDB where they found holes in it, and go, 'You are f--king right,'" he told reporters. "If there was a big 10-ton robot coming outside that gas station, surely we would f--king hear it. And I missed that. So I'm going to be a bit better when I'm looking through my f--king scripts. So it raises my game a bit, because now I feel like an idiot for not saying it to McG, you know?"
"I don't know about that," the actor insisted. "I couldn't really see myself in green spandex, mate."
Sure, the actor is untested, even if his "Terminator Salvation" performance was widely considered one of the film's few highlights. Sure, "Avatar" and Worthington both have a lot of hype to live up to, particularly after the recent trailer didn't exactly win everyone over. Sure, Worthington's big role following "Avatar" is "Clash of the Titans," yet another dreaded Hollywood remake.
But don't tell me the man isn't honest.
Worthington is forthcoming. He tells it like it is. If he ever does land a superhero gig, he'll probably be the first one to say that he feels silly running around in a cape. If he does make another "Terminator" film, he's likely to speak out against any inconsistencies he sees.
Whether or not he's starred in a legitimately good film yet remains to be seen, and frankly, I think it's almost irrelevant. In Hollywood, Worthington's a rare case in that he keeps it honest -- sometimes at the expense of the political game, as seen with his latest "Terminator" jabs.
But it's like mama always said: "Honesty is the best policy." For Worthington, that could be worth more than an Oscar-winning performance.
What do you think of Worthington's comments on "Terminator Salvation's" mistakes? Do you respect his honesty or are you unimpressed with his willingness to speak out against his own work? Give us your opinion in the comments section!