Sam Worthington once auditioned to play James Bond, but says he lacked the charm to pull off the character.
After Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig took over the role of 007. But it was almost someone else who played Bond: Worthington. Sam Worthington. Sam Worthington now reflects on his embarrassing audition for James Bond back in the mid-2000s.
Sam Worthington confirmed his dreaded James Bond audition on Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa (as of ComicBook.com). “I went for Bond. I went and auditioned with Martin Campbell, who ended up directing Casino Royale.” But imitating Bond and being Bond are two completely different things. “You walk in, there’s the girl in the bed, you charm her. I could bring down Bond’s killer… I just couldn’t get the charm. I couldn’t charm her. The suit didn’t fit, man.” Worthington previously talked about his attempts at the characterand said he could handle the killer but not the confidence or the health.
Sam Worthington also detailed his precise approach to achieving the right James Bond tone, noting that he actively tried to avoid the bad omen of being Aussie. After all, the only other Aussie to play 007 was George Lazenby, who infamously had one once in the 1969s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. “I tried to do a British accent. I told them I wanted to wear the white tuxedo like Roger Moore. I wanted my kung fu chops back and they looked at me like I was crazy.” Worthington admitted his shortcomings and said, “It was terrible…I sounded like Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins“ referring to one of the most notoriously terrible accents in film history.
Maybe a mo-cap suit is better than a Tom Ford, as Sam Worthington does just fine, with Avatar: The Way of Water around the $2 billion mark worldwide and well on its way to making the top 10 domestic of all time.
In the meantime, however, the hunt for the next 007 continues Aaron Taylor-Johnson may be the front runner. His fans just have to hope that he can find the charm for the producers.
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