HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Sam Worthington attends the U.S. Premiere of 20th Century Studios' "Avatar:  The Way of Water" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 12, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)
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Avatar's Sam Worthington Missed Out On Playing James Bond For One Simple Reason
In James Cameron's 2009 film "Avatar," Sam Worthington plays Jake Sully, a jarhead military man capable of tactics and little else. Worthington’s previous popularity in action movies like “Clash of the Titans” and “Terminator Salvation” put him in the lead to be the next James Bond, except for one thing: He didn't quite fit a tuxedo.
In an interview with Variety, Worthington talked about auditioning to play James Bond and detailed a meeting with producer Barbara Broccoli in which she personally cut his hair for a screen test. Worthington — tall, thick, and handsome — certainly looked the part, and he also capably captured the toughness that the producers wanted.
What he couldn't pull off was Bond's natural charm. 007 still needed to convince audiences that he could skillfully play a hand of poker or lure rival spies into his bedroom. It seems that Worthington wasn't quite equal to that challenge, saying: "I could play Bond as a killer, but I couldn't get the debonair down for the life of me. [...] The suit did not fit."