Sam Worthington is a screen hunk who doesn't mind a little teasing from his girlfriend, Crystal Humphries. She will even point out the fact that he's not exactly "Workout Guy."
"I don't really like the gym. I try to put that fact into my characters," he jokes.
"In fact, my girlfriend watched Wrath (of The Titans) and said, 'Sam, you run really funny. You look out of breath and out of shape. It's so real.' I said, 'In reality, I was just exhausted, but I had that written into the script with just one line: 'Perseus hurt his bum and he needs to run a little slower.''"
In reality, the 35-year-old English-born Australian is not really that much slower. It's a safe bet to say that Worthington is as strong as ever as the hero Perseus in the sequel to Clash of the Titans, in theaters today.
In person, he's a beyond casual guy in a blue hoodie sweat jacket and a pair of jeans. He's tan and toned with a square-jaw and a mop of messy light brown hair that just adds to his appeal. It's fitting since he used to work construction in Australia before he made it big (as you may recall, he starred in that little box office hit Avatar with $1.8 billion in grosses). Avatar In 3-D: Not A Great Date Movie
Of his appearance, Worthington's Man on a Ledge co-star, Elizabeth Banks, says, "I had never met Sam. The day he showed up for rehearsal, he was late and his hair was a disaster. He wore a ratty T-shirt that looked like he pulled it out of a laundry bin. He carried his script to the set in a Walgreens plastic bag. He looked like a homeless man.
"By the way," she jokes, "that hair never changed. He kept it because he had to do Wrath of the Titans."
Something tells us Worthington's dedication to his craft (and hair) is about to pay off. Here's what he had to tell us about his tough guy image and his latest adventure:
You've been working non-stop with Man on a Ledge, Wrath of the Titans and now there is an upcoming Avatar sequel. What do you do to relax?
I've been in Hawaii lately on vacation doing not much – and I loved it. It's nice to just kick back on the beach and get a little R&R in. "Hunger Games" Josh Hutcherson On Sacrificing It All For Love
Would it wreck your image to ask if you got hurt making Wrath of the Titans?
Yes! I have friends in Australia who play rugby. If I'm some whining actor who cries that he gets hurt, that makes me look like a total pu---. I'm from the school where if you're not bleeding too much, you get up and do the next take.