Since then, Sam has become a famous Australian actor starring in such Australian films as Macbeth, Bootmen and Somersault.
In 2009 he went on to appear in some of the years biggest blockbusters, Terminator Salvation and James Cameron Avatar.
As we sit side by side on a cream sofa in the opulence of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, the cynic in me wonders whether he has indeed changed. With a few days’ growth, his hair cropped, he is ruggedly handsome with a strong jawline and vivid blue eyes, dressed in jeans, a Hawaiian tourist T-shirt and old moccasins which, he says, “I borrowed from my mate”.
As we chat, the 35-year-old former bricklayer from Perth finishes a big dish of ice cream, topped with whipped cream, then reaches into the pocket of his jeans and pulls out a crumpled piece of paper full of scribbled phone numbers of people he has promised to call: evidence that he has stuck to his guns. “No, I’m not making a statement, I just don’t like phones.
He along with his family moved to Perth when he was six months old. went to John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specializing in the dramatic arts, where he studied drama but did not graduate.
Worthington was a power plant employee and mother Jeanne was a housewife.
Following the incident, the actor was arrested and charged with assault.