More about Avatar star Sam Worthington's new 11 million dollar 70's surf film 'Drift'


Avatar star drifts back home for surf epic

GEORGIA LONEY, The West Australian August 18, 2011, 3:00 am

Sam Worthington reckons WA is the most beautiful place on earth – and just wants to be left alone to enjoy it.

The Rockingham-raised actor slipped into Margaret River this week to enjoy the town’s relaxed vibe before starting filming yesterday on 70s surf epic Drift in nearby Nannup.

Locals barely raised an eyebrow as the Avatar star – almost unrecognisable sporting a shaggy beard, sunglasses and thongs – enjoyed a beer at a local tavern on Tuesday and a quiet breakfast at a coffee shop yesterday.

Worthington, 35, said it was “absolutely nice” to be back in WA, which he said could not be compared with Los Angeles.

“One’s ridiculous and filled with lots of cars and traffic and one’s the most beautiful place on earth,” he said.

Worthington said his mates were what he missed most while living away.

He said he jumped at the chance to spend more time with good friend Myles Pollard, who is set to star in Drift. “I’ve known Myles for years and it’s great to work with friends . . . this is really his little baby,” he said.

Nannup has been transformed into the fictional town of Seacliffe for the $11 million film, which is loosely based in Margaret River in the days when surfing was an alternative lifestyle, not a multimillion-dollar industry.

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