While discussing his new comics venture with Radical Studios, actor Sam Worthington updated Spinoff Online on the Clash of the Titans sequel and the Avatar extended edition. “I think we start shooting early next year, and it’ll be 3D this time — shot in 3D,” the actor says of the Clash sequel.
Now an established action hero, Worthington has input into the story direction — at least as far as his character Perseus is concerned. “Well, I do that a lot anyway, trying to put a stamp on it; whether it’s the right idea or not, it’s up to [the studio] in the end,” he says. “When I read Clash 2, they came to me the other day. I said, ‘I kinda dig where it’s going, but can we make the character more of this? Can we make it more of that? Can I get to play a lot more and get involved and have a lot more fucking fun than just being a young man who has to stand there and look pretty?’ I’m sick of doing that, so it’s kind of a case of, ‘How do we make Perseus a lot more fun?’ So we’re sort of shaping it down that track. And Warner Bros. has been nice enough to give us a bit on input.”
The extended version of Avatar will see an additional eight minutes inserted into the film, but the actor would like it to be longer. “I wish we added eight hours. I think the first cut I saw was about six hours long,” Worthington says.
Unfortunately, he’s unsure what material director James Cameron will use in those extra minutes. “[Cameron] hasn’t told us. There’s a couple of extra hunting scenes,” he says. “There’s a much-speculated and blogged sex scene everyone keeps fucking harping on about. To be honest, I think everyone’s going to be disappointed that it’s not blue porn … there’s a lot of other character parts. Giovanni [Ribisi] stuff and Stephen Lang stuff. So it’s up to Jim. I know Jim would only release it if it enhanced the story by putting it back in.”
There may also be scenes of Earth that were cut for pacing reasons. “When we first saw all that, it didn’t [work],” he says. “You just want to get to the [Na’vi] planet. It’s kind of a slow burn. Jim always wanted it to be a slow burn start so that you would adjust to your eyes and adjust the world, but it [was] too much of a slow burn. It was like, ‘hurry the fuck up, man’.”
As for an Avatar sequel, Worthington says, “Avatar 2 will be whenever Jim decides to write it. I think he’s in Thailand at the moment, or trying to save the Gulf. But I’m sure he’s going to put pen to paper soon.”