Sam Worthington was a virtual unknown until he landed the lead role in James Cameron’s Avatar. If I were in his shoes I would want to run around and tell everyone is in the world. Its not every day to get to work on a movie like Avatar. However, as with most big movies, contacts have to be signed so that the actors, camera crew, extras and even cleaners don’t reveal anything. I suppose this is good as it stops the movie being spoiled, however, for those wanting to see the movie NOW, it is a blatantly slap in the face for freedom of speech.
Anyway, before things get political, Worthington spoke to film writer Erin McWhirter about what filming Avatar was like, especially as he spends around 16 hours on set.
“It’s been endless, you never know when it’s going to end . . . it’s just big, I wasn’t expecting anything (upon accepting the role), I was just going in blind. It’s always overwhelming when you get any film because you never think you are going to work again.”
I can imagine working on such a film will be tough, especially as Cameron is known for his ‘strict’ directing style. Avatar is currently in New Zealand, working with Peter Jackson’s WETA. Filming is expected to continue to until February, with a first glimpse of the film expect in March.