Sam Worthington: I'm Taking a Break From Acting

Entertainment Aug. 8, 2011 AT 5:54PM
Sam Worthington: I'm Taking a Break From Acting Sam Worthington: I'm Taking a Break From Acting

Sam Worthington is ready to kick back and relax.

The 35-year-old actor tells the September issue of Men's Health that filming nearly 10 films in the span of four years has been rewarding, but exhausting.

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"I haven't taken a break in four years. It's been a nomadic existence," Worthington says. "Now it's time to enjoy the fruits of my labor for a  little bit -- but I don't think I'll be gone for long."

Currently promoting The Debt (in theaters August 31), Worthington says it took a "s--tload of hard work" to reach this point in his career. "It wasn't as if I woke up one day and was doing movies."

After spending his 20s struggling to find consistent work and "pissing money up against the wall," Worthington "had to figure out who I was by myself."

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"I looked in the mirror and didn't like what I saw," he says. "So I sold the mirror." While trekking through the mountains between Melbourne and Sydney, the Australian actor received a call from his agent that would forever change his life.

After director James Cameron hired him to play Jake Sully in 2009's Avatar, Worthington's career goals became clear, and he often spent up to 18 hours a day, six days a week on set. "It didn't matter if I'd been drinking all night; I'd still be there at 6 a.m.," he says. "But that doesn't work now, and it certainly didn't work on Avatar."

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"They say that in your 20s you're trying to work out the man that you want to be, and in your 30s you discover who he is. And warped and all, beer gut and all, brain damage and all, you just kind of go, 'Well, this is it, and I might as well try to polish it a tiny bit,'" Worthington tells Men's Health. "I'm stuck with who I am, but I can be man enough to iron out the creases."

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