MAN ON A LEDGE
SAM WORTHINGTON (Nick Cassidy) graduated from Sydney's
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1998. Upon graduation, he continued
in the theater with a production of "Judas Kiss," directed by Neil Armfield, for
Company B at the Belvoir Street Theater.
With smaller roles in international films such as Hart's War, The Great Raid
Rogue under his belt, Worthington screen tested opposite Daniel Craig for the
role of "James Bond" in Casino Royale. Although he did not land the much coveted
part, it proved to be the perfect dress rehearsal for the following year.
After an exhaustive casting search, James Cameron handpicked Worthington to
star in Avatar—Cameron's first narrative film since his 1997 Oscar -winning
blockbuster Titanic. Avatar is now the #1 highest grossing film of all time with
$2.74 billion worldwide. Avatar received several nominations for the 2010
Academy Awards including Best Picture and Directing for James Cameron's
work in the film. The film won 2010 Golden Globe Awards in the Best Motion
Picture â€“ Drama category as well as for Best Director. James Cameron was
nominated for a 2010 DGA Feature Film Award for Avatar.
Worthington recently appeared as the lead role of "Perseus" in Warner
Clash Of The Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier. The film has grossed $491
Worthington recently wrapped filming the Ami Canaan Mann directed drama The
Fields. The film is set for release in 2012.
Worthington starred opposite Christian Bale in Warner Brothers' much
prequel to the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation. The film
grossed $370 million worldwide. Coincidentally, James Cameron wrote and
directed the first two installments of the Terminator films-The Terminator and
Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
In addition to two franchise films, Worthington also recently completed
two character-driven dramas-Last Night opposite Keira Knightley and The Debt
with Helen Mirren. The former revolves around a husband and wife, both of
whose fidelity is tested over the course of 36 hours. The latter was directed by
John Madden and tells a post-World War II story of three Mossad agents
confronted years later by their scandal-ridden past.
Building upon his theater background, Worthington has continued to work
steadily in both film and television. He made his feature film debut with the
Australian film, Bootmen, in which he played Adam Garcia's brooding older
brother. His performance garnered him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award
Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2000.
Additional Australian film credits include Dirty Deeds with John Goodman,
Collette and Sam Neill; Getting' Square with David Wenham; and Geoffrey
Wright's (Romper Stomper) contemporary adaptation of Macbeth in which he
played the title character. It was Worthington's layered performance in Cate
Shortland's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Somersault, which
distinguished him from his peers. He earned an AFI Award for Best Actor in a
Leading Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Nomination for Best
Actor â€“ Male in 2004. The film made a clean sweep of the AFI Awards, winning
in all 13-film categories-the first time this had ever occurred in the awards'
Worthington's television credits include some of Australia's most acclaimed
productions: "Love My Way," which won an AFI for Best Television Drama
Series, and "The Surgeon," which was nominated for an AFI for Best Telefeature
or Miniseries. He also starred in "Delivery Man," one of the episodes of "Two
Twisted," a Twilight Zone-like anthology series produced by Bryan Brown.
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