Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films With Avatar's Sam Worthington

The star of James Cameron's sci-fi epic reveals the secrets to his action man success

by | December 7, 2009 | Comments

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Audiences down under have been familiar with Australian actor Sam Worthington for a few years now, but for the rest of the world it’s almost as though the guy appeared out of nowhere. This year he’s already starred in Terminator Salvation (some critics suggesting he was the best thing about the film), and will soon headline 2010’s amped-up remake of Clash of the Titans. Then, of course, there’s his pivotal role in arguably 2009’s most anticipated film — James Cameron’s 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar. So just how did this little-known actor become the planet’s go-to action guy? Maybe it’s got something to do with his taste in movies…

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989,
82% Tomatometer)



Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 2 — because that’s the movie where I thought, ‘If those guys are doing that and getting paid for it, I want in.’ [laughs]

Mad Max 2, aka The Road Warrior (1981,
100% Tomatometer)



Mad Max 2
Mad Max 2, along with The Year of Living Dangerously. As far as I’m concerned that was a time of filmmaking in Australia when we were excelling. And I can watch Mad Max 2 over and over again.

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983,
96% Tomatometer)



The Year of Living Dangerously
And The Year of Living Dangerously, I love it because it’s an Australian movie not set in Australia.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984,
83% Tomatometer)



Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop, ’cause I think it’s Eddie Murphy at his finest. You know, we think of Norbit and things like that nowadays… but go watch Beverly Hills Cop to see the man in top form.

Die Hard (1988,
94% Tomatometer)



Die Hard
Die Hard is the best action movie ever. [laughs] Nailed them out, didn’t I?


Click here to watch our video interview with Sam discussing Avatar

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