When Avatar star Sam Worthington showed up in London Saturday to speak with us about James Cameron's sci-fi epic movie, he was wearing a very nice stylized T-shirt featuring Marvel superhero Captain America on it. The very act of wearing that shirt sparked rumors that he was angling for the role of Steve Rogers in The First Avenger: Captain America, one of the films Marvel is producing leading up to an Avengers movie.
Worthington laughed when asked about it.
"I know, the bloggers are going bananas," the affable Australian said. "I'm a fan, man. I'm a big fan. And I've always said, if you're going to wear a shirt on a blog or the TV, wear something you're interested in. I'm not a billboard, so I'm going to wear something that I'm intrigued by. I'm a big Captain America fan."
Such a nice guy, so disingenuous.
Has he talked with anyone producing the movie, or have they approached him?
"No, no, they haven't talked to me," Worthington said.
Moreover, Worthington is aware that people may not cotton to the idea of a foreigner taking on the role of one of the U.S.A.'s most iconic, patriotic heroes. "And according to all the bloggers, you know, 'Damn him, he's Australian, how dare he? Who does he think he is?'" Worthington said. "I read it all. But you know, It's just as I said, I'm just a fan."
But does he want the role?
"I know how to hold a shield," Worthington—who also stars in the upcoming Clash of the Titans—says with a smile. "Because I did it as Perseus."
Worthington's Avatar opens Friday.