INT: Sam Worthington & Moon Bloodgood
Sam Worthington is a relative newcomer to North Americans but he's bounced around the Australian TV circuit for the past few years and also has some bit parts in films you might've missed. In T4, Sam plays Marcus Wright, the "new and improved" Terminator going against Christian Bale's John Connor. You can see him in the much anticipated AVATAR this year and he's currently filming CLASH OF THE TITANS where he plays Perseus.
Moon Bloodgood plays Blair Williams, a pilot for the Resistance, who befriends Marcus and falls in love with him. She is also drop dead gorgeous with piercing eyes and an incredibly disarming smile. In other words, I would jump over my chick's burning boyd to open the door for her.
Sam Worthington/Moon Bloodgood
We just saw some footage in McGs trailer and its quite raw. When you first heard about the project and what was told to you about what he wanted to accomplish, what attracted you to being in the film?
SW: He wanted it to be gritty and have a lot of grunt to it as if the post apocalypse had actually happened. And I thought if you can pull that off, that separates it from the others. So he said he wanted it to be like a Mad Max kind of thing. The realism of Mad Max, especially the second one. Which I think is coming across that way. It looks dirty and rough and were all covered in blood and shit and thats a good thing. Its not fancy and clean, its just not. Thats what appealed to me.
Even though were dealing with some of the iconic characters from the Terminator series: Kyle Reese and John Connor, it looks like your relationship (Worthington/Bloodgood) is a major component of the film and your identity and searching for who you are and what you are is a big piece of the film. Its a shift in terms of focus.
SW: I look at it that Marcus journey and John Connors are running parallel. And if anything Im a bridge between how Kyle Reese became Kyle Reese and how JohnJohns not the leader, hes learning how to be a leader. So I kind of bridge them. Thats how I look at my character, more of a missing piece of the puzzle that when you go back and watch the first one, you can go we learned that f*cking shit from Marcus. Plus its a lot less pressure because were not living up to anything.
Moon can you talk a little bit about your character?
MB: Yeah, I play Blair Williams, Im a pilot. And me and Marcus Wright have this really close relationship. I bring him into the resistance. Im part of the outpost with Kate Connor and John Connor and you see these stories running parallel with each other but then you see these lines come in together and theres a little bit of a labyrinth. Theres a lot of different focuses and I think it is trying to be different from the first series of Terminators. I think it has its own standout look about it, feel about it. I think its way grittier but Im such a fan and I dont think you can ever try to remake what they did in the first three.
Camerons films are giant action films but theyve always been so character driven and hes always so clear that his people are the focus of the movie and is that still the case with this?
MB: I feel thats the most important thing with McG and with all of us as actors is that the story, the plot and the characters are really developed and the technology and all that is secondary. Its really about the human component. How people connect, how people deal with the world. Humanity, thats a big word we use a lot. Whats Marcus humanity? Whats Blairs humanity? Where does the Resistance stand? Whos John Connor and what I love about it is that hes sort of a reluctant hero and hes not fully devolved. You watch how he has his insecurities and he doesnt know if his mother was right and doubts are there. That makes it more compelling than hes the hero and lets watch John Connor kick ass.
Weve seen some the action set pieces youve done, can you talk about the most challenging one youve done thus far?
SW: Every single day. Im getting shot up, blown up, napalmed, maimed, shoot myself, drown. Every single day. This wasnt in the script I read.
MB: Sam had to do a scene one day where hes chained up and we all had to watch him. It was so brutal. Just the emotions you saw running in his face, he was vulnerable, he was angry, he was chained up, it was not comfortable. And it was a really long scene and he was a champ about it.
SW: You just dig in and do it, yeah.
How do you prepare yourself physically to do something like this?
SW: You just do it, I suppose. They tell you to run and they blow shit up around you and you run faster.
MB: There were a couple of times where Sam and I were like You said we can see!
SW: Yeah, and you cant see. It is physical but it is a Terminator movie. Even the first two are physical.
MB: Yeah and I work with a trainer and he works with a trainer. Yeah, you can never be prepared. You just sort of show up and go, What? Okay. And things are blowing up around you and youre thinking God, these shoes just dont feel like Nikes. Im having a really hard time running. But whatre you gonna do, you dont want to look like a punk and not look like you dont have it together.
SW: I think because were in the age of Bourne Identities where you see Matt Damon doing all this stuff. So as far as Im concerned if I see a movie and it gets close to seeing a real guy doing it, its possible. You know, thats why they hire a damn Aussie, were willing to do anything for a bag of bananas.
We talked about how you were a really big fan of the first two films, did you fight to get this part? How did you get this part?
MB: It was sort of like I came onnot one of the lasts because we just casted Serenabut I sent a tape in, I was doing a movie in Thailand and they were looking for an ethnic, strong character and I think they were having a hard time with it. And I think by the time I came along, I think theyd been through a lot of different people. I couldnt believe it was off the tape, I was so afraid I was going to get fired. I showed up for rehearsal here and then went back to Thailand and then I came back. They wanted an ethnic, strongsomeone who can hold their own with a Sam/Marcus
SW: This is a world that was created by Jim Cameron with the first two Terminators, these are strong women. He likes all his women strong in his movies so you gotta have someone who can go toe to toe with [anyone] when most women cant. You know, Moon looks like she can kick ass.
MB: I like to think so.
You have the unique stamp of approval, you just worked with James Cameron [on Avatar].
SW: Not only is it a stamp of approval but I better not f*ck up. Otherwise hell kill me.
But did he recommend you to McG or bring you to McGs attention?
SW: McG had heard about us and then I flew to meet McG and we got on. I liked the energy. And I said If Im gonna do this I would like Jims approval. So I think McG phoned him up and said is he a pain in the ass? Jim said yes. (laughs) You know if Im gonna do itbecause its a part of Jims family, you want to do it with his blessing.
Next year  this will be coming out in May and you have Avatar coming out in December, are you prepared for
SW: I dont think anyone can be prepared for that. You just gotta see what happens, wont we?
What is this film about to you, when you read the script?
SW: Hope. That theres some kind of hope, even though we can blow the shit out of ourselves. That no matter if youre black, white, Asian, Caucasian, young, old you can band together and take on a common bully. I like that idea. Dont really like bullies that much. Machines are big bullies. And I think thats what it's about, for me. You can find the humanity in someone and band together and take on a great evil.
Youre about halfway done shooting now, whats still the biggest thing you have to accomplish? You have water training dont you?
SW: Yeah, I did scuba yesterday. Cause they go and drown me. So I get drowned like a big rock. So they want to know that I can at least kind of get through it.
MB: Youre just McGs little bitch.
SW: I said, yeah, well, Ill give it a try. So, I put the scuba in my mouth and figure that out. And some stuff with Serena which should be interesting. I think theres a lot more. Im trying to take each day as it comes.
We see some marks on your right ear.
SW: What I wanted is that if you get remadebecause I get remade ..(to publicist) am I allowed to say that?
P: Its okay. (laughs)
SW: Okay cool. Because I get blown to shithalfway through you can see half my heads been blown awaythen he gets remade and I wanted something unique, just a small thing. You know, like Roy Batty in Blade Runner has the tattoos on? Something like that. Its almost like an imprint, like a Made in Serenas lab/Made in Taiwan kind of thing. So they designed some tattoos and put them strategically in different places around the body and theyre never mentioned. Just something that I wanted. Some kind of detail.
You worked on Avatar and there was probably a lot of looking at green screens. In this film, are you working a lot more with practical effects?
SW: Yeah, its a lot more hands on. Any kind of green screentheres bits of it obviously but youre not acting with a tennis ball or anything like that. Occasionally, once or twice, McG has a 30 foot f*cking machine coming after you, but you use your imagination. But McG likes it to be more hands on. And if theres things blowing up around you, you react, youre in the moment. So you dont act, and its perfect. You just run and shoot. Its a lot easier. But Avatar has its own circumstances.
You can both talk a little bit about the benefits and challenges shooting on location here in New Mexico?
MB: I love that its the desert and that it gives you this barren feeling when youre shooting. You look around and its dry and it feels likenot post apocalyptic but it feels kind of dead around here. And I suppose we cant get in trouble because its Albuquerque and theres not much to do.
MB: Right Sam?
Some getting in trouble off set?
MB: No, were all so tired and like whatre you doing? Oh, Im gonna go see a movie. Its like, whats there to do in Albuquerque.
Are you filming today?
SW: Im filming a fight with a T800
Can you tell us what the scene well be watching later will be?
SW: From what I know, I think its the end of the fight. I think Ive been smashed the shit out of, it was a big UFC thing because the fights, I didnt want themwhen you have machine versus machineI didnt want it to be all hands and fists, I wanted it to be like you see them in the alleyway where theyre banging each other against the walls and things like that. You got a lot of metal girders there so a lot of girders get smashed and once the T800 pummels the hell out of me, he goes after Connor of course. So I think what youre seeing is Connor shooting stuff and trying to stop it and then trying to get me going again.
You mentioned in a lot of the film youre in half makeup, can you talk a little bit about how much time you have to spend in the makeup chair?
SW: The longest is six hours. Which is what we did the other day.
How would you compare you work in Avatar to this as far as challenging and what youre taking away from each project?
SW: Two different beasts. Two different worlds.
Here you can see stuff pretty quickly, have you seen anything from Avatar?
It must be exciting to see come together then.
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