Jason Statham (nickname Jay) has done quite a lot in a short career, with plenty more to come. As an Olympic Diver on the British National Diving Team he finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He was a fashion model, black market salesman and finally he took to acting - for action movie fans by far his best move. His background, including his interest in the martial arts has to a large extent shaped his screen character. He is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall and of athletic build - perfect for the roles his rugged good looks cast him in. I'm nearly always entertained by his films, the Transporter series in particular, though I think he deserves a franchise with a bit more scope. But who am I to moan, these are practically cult movies.
Jason Statham in Transformers 4
Jason was born 12 September 1967. He is an English actor known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Revolver, Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Statham appeared in supporting roles in several American films, such as The Italian Job, as well as playing the lead role in The Transporter, Death Race, Crank, The Bank Job and War (opposite martial arts star Jet Li). Statham also appeared alongside established action film actors Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables. He usually performs his own fight scenes and stunts. Nice one Jason, but don't take too many chances.
websites report him as a Londoner, while his wikipedia page says Statham was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of Eileen (née Yates) and Barry Statham, a lounge
singer. He reportedly moved to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, where he chose not to follow his father's career working the local market stalls, and decided to pursue the arts. He grew up with Vinnie Jones, alongside whom he would later go on to act. Jones introduced him to football, and Statham went on to play for the local grammar school (1978–83), which he had attended since the age of eleven, but his real passion was
diving. He practiced daily in perfecting his diving techniques – in particular, he finished 12th in the World Championships in
1992. He was also a member of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve
While working for French Connection (FCUK), he was introduced to fledgling British director Guy
Ritchie who was developing a film project and needed to fill the role of a street-wise con artist. After learning about Statham's past as a black market salesman, Ritchie cast him to play the role of "Bacon" in his 1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels. The movie was well received by both critics and audiences, and helped catapult Statham into the public eye. Statham's second collaboration with Ritchie came in the 2000 film Snatch, playing the role of "Turkish". Cast alongside popular actors Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Benicio del Toro, and with the movie earning more than $80 million in box-office revenue, Statham was able to break into Hollywood and appeared in two movies in 2001: Ghosts of Mars and The One.
Jason demonstrating his Martial Arts skills
In 2009, Statham started to develop a new movie written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples (Twelve Monkeys). Statham stated "We've got a movie we're trying to do, written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples, in the vein of an old film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It’s not a remake or anything, but it's a little bit like that, about relationships and how greed contaminates the relationships these three people have. The working title is The
Statham was in a seven year relationship with model Kelly Brook, until
2004. Since April 2010, he has been dating Victoria's Secret model Rosie
Statham in Death Race 2008
Jason Statham in sunglasses 2011
Since 1998, Statham has appeared in over twenty films. Several have been box office hits, such as Snatch and The Bank Job. He has starred in two film series, The Transporter and Crank. The films he has been in have grossed a total of more than $1 billion USD at the box office, with the highest individual film being The Expendables.
Jasons is quoted as saying:
“They never ask me to play lawyers.”
Jason Statham - don't mess
http://www.people.com/l "Man of Action" People (Time Warner) 5 September 2005
BBC "Jason Statham interview" (video) BBC 18-5-09.
"Jason Statham interview on ROVE (live in studio) – Bank Job" (video) Rove, Australia. http://www.youtube.com/ 18 May 2009.
"ACTION STAR ISN'T AFRAID TO BREAK A SWEAT" New York Daily News 7 October 2002 http://www.nydailynews.com//2002-10-07_not_the_usual_stuntl 16 November 2010.
"Jason Statham stays true to himself" London: The Star-Ledger News. 3 June 1995. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/to-baldly-go 5 March 2011.
To baldly go where no mane's grown before The Star-Ledger News 30 January 2011. http://www.nj.com/movies/jason_statham_stays_true_to_himself. 21 February 2011
http://www.nox-mag.com/Action+Hero January 2009.
"STATHAM, Jason" BFI 16-11-10.
"Action Bloke" The New York Times 3 September 2006. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/03/fashion/03NITE.html.
"Interview with Jason Statham" 6 June 2003
"Jason Statham, last action hero" The Times (UK) 5 October 2008 http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/ 8 June 2009.
"All action" The Sydney Morning Herald 13 July 2008
Jason Statham at askmen.com
Jason Statham at Filmbug
Jason Statham interview USAToday.com 10 October 2002.
"Transcendent Thrill Drive" Nypress.com. http://www.nypress.com/article-19048-transcendent-thrill-drive.html. 22 August 2010.
"Jason Statham up for The Grabbers" The Hollywood News 17 September 2008) http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/Jason-Statham-up-for-The-Grabbers 26-1-09.
"Jason Statham embraces 'Killer Elite'" Variety 14 May 2009.
"Cut To The Chase" Entertainment Weekly 24 August 2007
"Kelly Brook" The Guardian (UK) 1 November 2009 http://www.guardian.co.uk/2009/nov/01/kelly-brook-interview-elizabeth-day 2-11-09.
Smitten Jason Statham takes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Cartier Daily Mail 21-4-10.
Jason Statham at the Internet Movie Database
Statham in 2007
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Jason Statham in Safe 2012
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