Sam Worthington's got plenty to smirk about as a multi-millionaire movie who lives life like a monk.
Smaller than one might expect, dressed casually in jeans and an Iron Maiden t-shirt, gnawing on a croissant, it isn't just that Worthington starred of the highest grossing film of all time that earns the double take. Charming, handsome and filled with firecracker energy, you can't seem to rip your eyes away, waiting for what might tumble out of his mouth next, be it a string of curse words or a poem by Rudyard Kipling.
When he's not in character or traipsing the globe promoting his next blockbuster, Worthington keeps his existence monastically simple, living out of two suitcases. He says that one day, on the cusp of thirty, he woke up, looked in the mirror, and didn’t like what he saw…so he sold the mirror. He sold everything, in fact. He calls it control-alt-delete, like on a computer.
"I thought, why not reboot yourself? I had a great career in Australia. Don't get me wrong. I worked for ten years, solidly. I kinda just didn't like the position I was in, so I sold everything to my friends, had an auction at my house, had a gavel and everything. You know 'Four bucks for the TV.' Even sold the gavel in the end. And then it's that Rudyard Kipling poem, 'If you can risk it all on the pitch and toss and lose and tell no one about your loss, then you, sir, are a man.' I thought that poem was quite inspiring."
After the auction, left with what he still calls his only possessions, one bag of books and one bag of clothes, Worthington got in his car and drove, thinking, "Something's got to give, something's got to crack. Little did I know there'd be a man who’d come along and change my life."
"But also, when you've got nothing to lose, you've got everything to gain and that was the key," he continues. "Then if I did audition for Avatar and I didn't get it, well, I put myself in the position where I had nothing, so it didn't bother me."
When asked what it was that he saw that caused him to make such a drastic change, he smiles a wicked grin, gets a twinkle in his eye and says, "That's between me and the f--king mirror."
"Clash of the Titans" opens April 2.