From Avatar to Titans: The Rise and Fall of Sam Worthington in Hollywood

News - 1 March 2024
Sam Worthington first rose to fame with his role in James Cameron's Avatar in 2009. Following the immense success of Avatar, he starred in Clash of the Titans in 2010. Clash of the Titans was a reboot of the 1981 film of the same name by Ray Harryhausen and was loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus.

In addition to Worthington, the film also featured other big names such as Liam Neeson as Zeus, Danny Huston as Poseidon, and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. The film series follows the journey of Perseus, who discovers that he is a demigod and the son of Zeus.nnDespite having an all-star cast, Clash of the Titans received negative reviews from critics.

The film only scored 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and was even nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards. However, the film managed to make enough money to greenlight a sequel. Clash of the Titans grossed a total of $493 million worldwide on a budget of $125 million.

The sequel, Wrath of the Titans, was released two years later, but fared even worse with critics and audiences. The film only grossed $302 million worldwide with a budget of $150 million and was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award.nnA third film in the Titans series was initially planned by Warner Bros.

, with screenwriters Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson attached to the project. However, the underwhelming performance of Wrath of the Titans led to hesitation among production bosses. By 2013, the producer Basil Iwanyk declared that Titans 3, titled Revenge of the Titans, was dead due to a lack of new ideas for the screenplay.

Despite the vast array of stories in Greek mythology, a third Titans movie will never see the light of day.nnEven actor Alexander Siddig, who played Hermes in Clash of the Titans, had harsh words about the film in a 2015 interview. He sarcastically remarked, “Oh, yeah.

One of my best. One. Of.

My. Best. Roles.

I have so many stories about that experience I don't even know where to start.” Siddig laughed before expressing his disappointment with the movie, calling it possibly the lamest film he had ever been a part of. He mentioned that a significant portion of his performance was ultimately cut from the final film.

nnCurrently, Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans are not available for streaming on various platforms. However, viewers can purchase or rent both films on Prime Video and Pathé Thuis.nnIn conclusion, while Clash of the Titans and its sequel Wrath of the Titans may not have been critically acclaimed, they still managed to leave a mark on the film industry.

Despite their shortcomings, these films have a loyal fan base and continue to entertain audiences with their epic tales of Greek mythology.