Sam Worthington Demands Raise For “Avatar” Sequel

Now that Avatar — the latest cinema epic from lensman James Cameron — has become the highest-grossing film of all-time, star Sam Worthington is campaigning for a pay raise to reprise his role in the eagerly-anticipated follow-up.

Sam stars with actresses Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver in the sci-fi fantasy film, but according to In Touch Weekly insiders, the 33-year-old actor wants big bucks to appear in the sequel currently being crafted by Cameron. With a bevy of Oscar nominations to its credit, Avatar has earned more than $2 billion since its release in November. Sam is hoping for a salary that will mirror his role in making the film a blockbuster.

A Hollywood snitch tells In Touch: “The stars were relative unknowns when they made Avatar so their salaries reflected that. Now that the movie made Sam a star, his people will be negotiating a pay increase that’s more than fair.”

No details on how much Sam was paid to appear in the original Avatar, or how much he is requesting to star in the second film.