Work your way home, Sam

@JudyEv (282445)
Rockingham, Australia
June 28, 2022 9:49am CST
I’ve just come home from our retirement village clubhouse after watching Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington. Sam grew up in the suburb next to where we are now so I was keen to see the film. It’s always nice when a local lad makes good. For some reason, I googled him and here’s what I found. He was born in Godalming, Surrey, in south-east England and came out to Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham, just south of Perth, Western Australia, when he was six months old. He studied drama at John Curtin College of the Arts but didn’t graduate. Maybe that upset his father because he was then given $400 and sent on a one-way ticket to Cairns, Queensland, with the instruction to ‘work his way home’. He found work here and there and at 19, while working as a brick layer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art and was given a scholarship. He has acted in a number of high-profile films, none of which I’ve seen so I’m guessing some myLotters will be more familiar with him than I am. The photo was taken in Queensland and shows a train trip we took out of Kuranda.
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@xFiacre (10681)
• Ireland
28 Jun
@judyev never heard of his movies, but that photo has got my hankering for a long train ride going. Oh to be on a train.
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@xFiacre (10681)
• Ireland
29 Jun
@JudyEv Steam for me please, and big station clocks that I can set my pocket watch to with great ostentation.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
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@xFiacre (10681)
• Ireland
29 Jun
@JudyEv can’t help myself.
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@LindaOHio (98834)
• United States
29 Jun
Sam Worthington doesn't ring a bell with me.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
He's been in a lot of films, none of which I know or have even heard of. The Titan, Hacksaw Ridge (I've heard of that), Wrath of the Titans.
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@LindaOHio (98834)
• United States
29 Jun
@JudyEv I've heard of the movies; but they aren't the type that I watch.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
@LindaOHio I wouldn't watch these type of shows either. This was a drama but I like to support the people at the clubhouse who put these films on for us so I go to see whatever is on offer. Next week is Walk The Line - the Johnny Cash movie.
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@Ronrybs (15840)
• London, England
29 Jun
Interesting, in this modern world many people seem travel around before they settle and are then off on their travels again!
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Jun
My friend's grand-daughter is off on a Kontiki trip and she's just 19. Some of our couch-surfers were only 18 or 19 and travelling on their own - girls as well as boys.
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@Ronrybs (15840)
• London, England
30 Jun
@JudyEv It seems to be quite the thing, to take a gap year and travel the world. It must give people a grounding before university and getting on with life
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
1 Jul
@Ronrybs It's certainly very common among the young people.
• United States
28 Jun
That's quite interesting to hear about his life before he became famous. That train trip looks awesome!!
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
It is, isn't it? It also said he was sleeping in his car at age 30 but things came good after that.
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• United States
29 Jun
@JudyEv one of the things on my "bucket" list is to travel by train across the US. My aunt and uncle did it many many years ago and hearing how much they loved it made me want to do it one day too, Hopefully I'll still be able to
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
@Marilynda1225 I still enjoy train travel but I really liked the old steam trains.
@CarolDM (187092)
• United States
28 Jun
Such a nice view from the window. Backstories are often interesting to read.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
They are, aren't they? Some of the people here have had very interesting lives and careers too.
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@CarolDM (187092)
• United States
29 Jun
@JudyEv Yes they are nice to read about.
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@snowy22315 (140119)
• United States
28 Jun
Local Boy Makes Good! This just makes me wonder about something...I bet when Mel Gibson is in Austrailia he talks like an Aussie. Of course here in the US he talks like an American. I bet he is perfectly comfortable speaking in both dialects.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
This guy apparently still sounds Australian in some of his movies where he shouldn't. He must find dialects hard. And Hugh Jackman is another of our local guys who has made 'very good'. At least, WA claims him as he went to the Performing Arts Academy here. But he was born in Sydney.
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@snowy22315 (140119)
• United States
29 Jun
@JudyEv When he is interviewed on TV he sounds very American, but he did grow up here until he was 12 so I think it is easy for him to turn it off and on.
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@Marty1 (70292)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Jun
I never heard of Sam Worthington but then i don't have the patience to sit through a movie. Glad you got to see this movie, was it good?
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
It was okay but lots of pretty unbelievable drama at times.
@RasmaSandra (55997)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Jun
Great photo of the train, I do not know that actor but he sure did good in his life.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
He has done really well for himself. He was possibly a bit immature at the time.
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@wolfgirl569 (57874)
• Marion, Ohio
28 Jun
Great view. I am sure dad didnt expect that to happen.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
It was probably the making of him. I hope he has bought his parents a house now. They were very 'ordinary' working-class people.
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@RebeccasFarm (66706)
• United States
28 Jun
Whoa that must have learned him good. Quite the punishment if that is what it was. A beautiful photo Judy.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
It was probably the making of him. Thankfully, it seems to have worked. He has done well since.
@Beestring (2813)
• Hong Kong
28 Jun
He must be a talented guy.
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
He has done a lot of film and TV work over his career.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
28 Jun
Nice capture of the photo
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@JudyEv (282445)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Jun
Thanks. It was a very enjoyable trip.
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