When remaking a cult classic like "Clash of the Titans," worrying about the fanboys is an obvious part of the job. For Sam Worthington's part in the new version of "Clash," the concern about pleasing the fanbase can be downright "nerve-racking."
"You don't want to touch a piece of material that people have a childhood affinity with," Worthington told MTV News. "And if you do, you [need to] be very careful that you don't trample on it."
In the remake, the "Avatar" and "Terminator Salvation" star plays Perseus, a role originated by Harry Hamlin in the 1981 film. Based on ancient Greek mythology, the story follows the demigod hero from his immediate exile at birth to his redemptive defeat of seemingly invincible monsters, including Medusa and the sea-dwelling Kraken.
The plot itself will serve as a metaphor for the remake's production if the film ends up a huge success. And such a triumph might come thanks to the magic of modern Hollywood effects.
"There was something about when I watched the original of this," Worthington said. "With the visual effects we have nowadays, I thought, 'You could ramp it up.' "
Of course, some of the charm of the first film is the somewhat-cheesy stop-motion effects created by Hollywood legend Ray Harryhausen. Even more than worrying about what the die-hard loyalists will think of the new computer-generated spectacle, Worthington appears to be especially concerned for what the film's mythology tells his young fans and family members about unrealistic standards for heroism.
"In the original, [Perseus] takes all the godlike tools and wants to be a god. He embraces it," Worthington noted about his character. "I thought, 'Now I'm saying to my 9-year-old nephew that the only way he's going to achieve anything is to become a god.' I didn't really like that."
How this personal concern for the film's message might have affected the remake is unclear, but Worthington said there's a balance to whom the new film will ultimately please.
"We tried our best not to screw up the homage," he said, "but also tried to make it our own 'Clash of the Titans.' "
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