Actor Sam Worthington says he was sceptical about surrendering to director James Cameron’s vision of “Avatar”, which would rely heavily on the motion capture technology to create characters in the 2009 epic sci-fi film.
In “Avatar”, Worthington starred as Jake Sully, a paraplegic US Marine who is transported to the fictional moon of Pandora on a unique mission but becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Besides being a social commentary on the environment, the film also introduced cinephiles to unforgettable visuals through special effects.
It also starred Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez. Cameron had described the motion capture technology as “the next level of makeup”, recalled Worthington. “Jim (Cameron) always made us that promise that even though you’re going to be big and blue, it’s you.
It’s the technology and the performance captures. He described it once to me as it’s the next level of makeup. And I was always a bit worried that the subtlety that you could act wouldn’t really translate,” the 46-year-old actor said during a virtual press conference.