By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2010 at 5:30AM
- Sam Worthington is heading home to Perth, Australia to shoot surfing drama Drift, in which he plays a photographic journalist who helped to turn surfing into a worldwide industry. After several big-budget Hollywood films, the actor is excited to be involved in this $11-million project, he says, to "put something back into my home town...There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." (There was also something pure about his performance to in 2004's Somersault opposite Abbie Cornish). This may be the perfect project for him to rediscover the satisfaction of low-budget acting away from the blue-screen razzle-dazzle of Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator: Salvation.
- New York Mag interviews Josh Brolin, the man who soon appears in two "unavoidable films," You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (September 22nd) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (September 24th). Writer Kevin Gray notes Brolin's ugly smoking habit, his joyfully busy life and "nervous-energy monologue." The actor didn't like his selfish character in Tall Dark Stranger because of what it told him about himself: "And that’s too bad, because if it seems organic, then that means it exists in me. And I just wanted to slap myself. It’s pathetic."
- A real-life Hurt Locker series has been put into motion for Comcast's G4 channel, entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan. A special agreement allows the series to follow a Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit from training through deployment in Afghanistan. There is no overlap of people behind the Oscar-winning film and the upcoming reality show, although the film was G4 president Neal Tiles' "favorite" of last year. He told THR: “This is a rare opportunity to showcase the work of the courageous men and women on the front lines and share with our viewers all the real-life drama, teamwork, danger and triumph that goes along with this specialized job.” G4's demographic is predominantly young men, and both the channel and the U.S. Navy "like this for the same reason," says Tiles. All the better to recruit them with. Our guess is that for G4 and the Navy, bombs and glory are the marketable elements here.