By Leah Rozen Paul Chi Scott Huver
June 08, 2009 12:00 PM

>HOT NEW STAR

• Is this 32-year-old tough guy the next great Aussie superstar?

HE WAS ALMOST JAMES BOND He was on the shortlist to play 007 in Casino Royale before Daniel Craig won the role. But don’t feel bad for Worthington: After his high-impact turn as a cyborg in Terminator, he’ll be the lead in Titanic director James Cameron’s special-effects extravaganza Avatar, due in December.

HE WORKED AS A BRICKLAYER Before winning a spot at the drama school Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett attended, “I built houses,” he has said. “I never had any intention of being an actor.”

HE’LL KICK BUTT IN HOLLYWOOD “Here’s the thing: Australians fly 15 hours to get here, so we’re not going to waste our time. We’re coming here to make an impact.”

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