Sam Worthington almost got a licence to kill before landing on Pandora. The Australian actor was a finalist for the role of James Bond in the film “Casino Royale.” The producers and stewards of the 007 franchise, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, were looking for a younger star to play the super spy after Pierce Brosnan finished his four-film run.
Sam Worthington, the eventual “Man of Steel,” and “ER” star Goran Visnjic were among those vying for the opportunity to order a martini shaken.
The auditioning process was unforgettable. The 007 franchise’s producer, who went to his hotel room before the screen test to personally cut his hair to match her vision of Bond.
Worthington claims he went out to dinner with the Bond producers and, despite losing the role to Daniel Craig, believes that watching Broccoli and Wilson in action provided him with invaluable insight into the making of a successful franchise.
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They’re so meticulous and detailed, Worthington says.
They are protective and devoted to this series. And I discovered that you should pay attention to these people. The same is true for [‘Avatar’ director] James Cameron. He’s done all of the research. There’s nothing you can ask him that he can’t answer.
After “Avatar” became the most successful film in history. Worthington was elevated to Hollywood’s A-list. He almost got to put on Green Lantern’s spandex when he met with director Martin Campbell (who also directed “Casino Royale”) during the casting process for the 2011 superhero film.
“It didn’t make sense to me — the suit emerges from his skin?” Worthington recalls asking. “And I was like, ‘He’s got this powerful ring that can create anything,'” she says. ‘Well, what can compete with the ring?’ Nothing was the answer. ‘Well, something has to beat it, or it won’t be very interesting,’ I thought.
The filmmakers attempted to give him a better understanding of the franchise by displaying Green Lantern’s most powerful weapon.