Jason Statham

Jason Statham

His role in 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' (1998)

Background:

"I never actually thought I'd get involved in action movies." Jason Statham.

British action star Jason Statham broke into the movie scene as a career
criminal in Guy Ritchie's crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
and Snatch (2000). He then played the title role in The Transporter films (2002
& 2005), portrayed professional driver and womanizer Handsome Rob in The Italian
Job (2003) and starred as a hitman in his latest film, Crank (2006). Moviegoers
will also see the typically shaved bullet-headed actor starring in the upcoming
films In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Rogue, and reprising his
role as Handsome Rob in The Brazilian Job.

On a more personal note, the 5' 11" tall ruggedly handsome star had been
involved with English model and actress Kelly Brook (born on November 23, 1979)
from 2002 to 2004.


Natural Born Athlete

Childhood and Family:

"My father used to run auctions. He's now a singer in the Canary Islands." Jason
Statham.

In the capital city of England, Jason Statham was born on September 12, 1972. He
is the second son of a lounge singer and dressmaker-turned-dancer who operated a
black market.

Young Statham developed an interest in sports, particularly in diving. He was
trained at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London and has been
an Olympic Diver on the British National Diving Team. In 1992, he finished 12th
in the World Championships. The natural born athlete also studied boxing and
martial arts.


The Transporter

Career:

"So I used to put money in my pocket while working on the street corners,
selling perfume and jewelry, and other goods that were supposedly expensive."
Jason Statham.

Initially working as a black market salesman, Jason Statham broke into the
entertainment business as a fashion model and appeared on an advertisement for
the French Connection clothing company. There, he met one of the owners of the
company who turned out to be an executive producer on director Guy Ritchie's
first film. Statham then got his first foray into acting when Ritchie cast him
to play one of the film's lead ensembles, the street con artist Bacon, in the
filmmaker's directorial debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998; also
starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran). The violent, dark
comedy film which boasts a rich cast of characters eventually garnered the
first-time filmmaker international acclaim and introduced Statham to worldwide
audiences.

Two years later, Statham reunited with Ritchie playing a leading role as an
unlicensed boxing promoter named Turkish in Snatch (alongside Benicio Del Toro
and Brad Pitt). That same year, Statham appeared in Robert Adetuyi's rap drama
Turn It Up (with Pras and Ja Rule) and in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
(alongside Natasha Henstridge and Ice Cube; Statham played a futuristic
policeman) in the next year. He also shared the screen with Jet Li, playing
secret agent Evan Funsch in James Wong's sci-fi thriller The One, and with
former English footballer Vinnie Jones in Barry Skolnick's drama comedy Mean
Machine, playing a soccer star and violent con named Monk.

Statham scored his first starring role as a powerful post-millennial action
hero, ex-Special Forces soldier Frank Martin, in directors Louis Leterrier and
Corey Yuen's action/crime movie The Transporter. The film, in which Statham did
nearly all of his own stunts, including car chase sequences, scuba diving
sequences and fight sequences, further introduced him to American audiences.

More roles rolled in. Statham was cast to play Handsome Rob, a very proficient
"wheel man" and world-class womanizer, in the 2003 remake of Michael Caine’s
1969 classic film, The Italian Job (starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and
Donald Sutherland). For the driving stunt in F. Gary Gray's conventional
thriller, Statham got two days driving tuition from Damon Hill, the British
former Formula 1 world champion. He also made a crackerjack villain in David R.
Ellis' suspense thriller Cellular (2004; opposite Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and
William H. Macy) before reprising his role as the professional driver Frank
Martin for the lesser sequel The Transporter 2 (2005).

Statham then played a banker who moonlights as a cocaine dealer in Hunter
Richards' directorial debut, London (2005; alongside Jessica Biel and Chris
Evans), and reunited with Guy Ritchie in his 2005 crime drama Revolver (with Ray
Liotta and André 3000), playing hotshot Las Vegas gambler named Jake Green. He
recently starred as a suspended inspector in Tony Giglio's direct-to-video film
Chaos (alongside Ryan Phillippe and Wesley Snipes) and appeared as the coach of
the French soccer team who owns Pink Panther diamond ring in Shawn Levy's comedy
The Pink Panther (starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, and Jean
Reno).

On September 1, 2006, Statham's new film, Crank, will be released. In the
high-octane thriller, helmed by first-time directors Mark Neveldine and Brian
Taylor, he will portray the lead role of Chev, a hit man who who has been
injected with a lethal poison, alongside costars Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez and
Dwight Yoakam.

"This is another interesting character, slightly different than what I've done
before. He's much more of a less internal guy, more of a desperate man doing
desperate things trying to stay alive." Jason Statham (on his role in Crank
(2006)).

Statham will soon star in Uwe Boll's film version of the game series "Dungeon
Siege," In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (with Ray Liotta and
Leelee Sobieski), which follows Statham's lead character, Farmer, from simple
family man to heroic prince. He will also star as an FBI agent who seeks
vengeance on his partner's mysterious assassin in Phillip Atwell's
action/thriller Rogue (with Jet Li and Devon Aoki) and will reprise the role of
Handsome Rob in a sequel to 2003’s The Italian Job, The Brazilian Job.

"When I was first given a start by Guy Ritchie, he was making black
comedy-dramas, not so much action movies. And it was only (writer-director) Luc
Besson who gave me a shot at expressing a few of my sort of hidden capabilities
in (The Transporter). I was a high diver for years, so for me to climb up in a
rig and fall backwards from 200 feet over a concrete floor while Neveldine was
there with the camera was a chance not to miss. And that also includes hanging
out of a helicopter about 3,000 feet above downtown L.A. In for a penny, in for
a pound." Jason Statham.

Awards:
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People like to pigeonhole you.More Jason Statham quotes [05/18/2006 12:05:00]
I like heist movies. I like action movies that set all the elements into one and a chance to do something that comes from a great stable of writing.More Jason Statham quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do like California. It's a great place, but I'm never in one place long enough to say this is where I want to make home.More Jason Statham quotes [05/18/2006 12:05:00]
I'm certainly not Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt.More Jason Statham quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I just gravitate to those more testosterone-filled sort of parts than me playing something a bit more fairy-like.More Jason Statham quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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