Jason Statham Biography
Jason Statham was born on 26th July 1967 in Shirebrook, United Kingdom. He is an actor, former model and competitive diver.
Jason Statham Age
He was born on 26th July 1967 in Shirebrook, United Kingdom.
Jason Statham Olympics
He grew up with football player Vinnie Jones who introduced him to football and since 1978 to 1983 he played for the local grammar school. He also had a passion for diving and was a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for twelve years. He competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Jason Statham Model
He was spotted by the agency Sports Promotions specialising in sports modelling while he was training at London’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection.
Jason Statham Career in Acting
While working as a model for French Connection, 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 crime comedy thriller Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The movie was well received by both critics and audiences, and helped put Statham in the public eye. Statham’s second collaboration with Ritchie came in the 2000 film Snatch, playing the role of “Turkish”.
Jason Statham Upcoming Movies/ New Movie
2018: The Meg.
Jason Statham Family
His parents are Eileen (née Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street seller and lounge singer.
Jason Statham Girlfriend
He began dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in 2010 and they got engaged on 10th January 2016.
Jason Statham Kids
In February 2017 together with his girlfriend they announced that they were expecting and on 24th June 2017 his son Jack Oscar was born.
Jason Statham Movies
- 2002: The Transporter
- 2016: Mechanic: Resurrection
- 2017: The Fate of the Furious
- 2010: The Expendables
- 2011: The Mechanic
- 2013: Parker
- 2015: Furious 7
- 2013: Homefront
- 2015: Spy
- 2008: Death Race
- 2011: Killer Elite
- 2012: Safe
- 2006: Crank
- 2005: Transporter 2
- 2008: Transporter 3
- 2014: The Expendables 3
- 2011: Blitz
- 2006: In the Name of the King
- 2015: Wild Card
- 2013: Redemption
- 2012: The Expendables 2
- 2000: Snatch
- 2008: The Bank Job
- 1998: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- 2009: Crank: High Voltage
- 2007: War
- 2003: The Italian Job
- 2005: Revolver
- 2005: Chaos
- 2004: Cellular
- 2001: The One
- 2001: Mean Machine
- 2004: Collateral
- 2011: Gnomeo & Juliet
- 2001: Ghosts of Mars
- 2010: 13
- 2002: Ultimate Fights
- 2000: Turn It Up
- 2005: London
- The Brazilian Job
Jason Statham Interview
Source: ASK MEN UK
Tell us about the already famous chair scene
Jason Statham: It was quite painful, that chair scene. Your hands are tied; there’s not much you can do. We did get a few injuries, but, you know, we’ve lost count over the years. We were keen on doing something that’s realistic and believable and yet rough round the edges. It looks messy and scrappy.
And you had some good tussles with Clive Owen’s character.
Jason Statham: It’s great to do an action scene with Clive Owen. It’s a big privilege. He comes with all the audience you could ever get.
You specialize in action films with big scenes. Why?
Jason Statham: They keep sticking them in there, yeah. If I do a romantic comedy, there would be some action there, yeah. It would be under the sheets, but somewhere.
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You make these things look realistic, but you have to wonder how they could ever happen in reality.
Jason Statham: What happens in real life is perhaps not as exciting as what you could provide if you want to entertain a crowd of people in an audience. So you have to embellish that and give a little bit more. Who knows if I could really have got away with that chair gag, but it looks so good. It’s important to try to impress the audience and give them something visually impressive and at the same time be wondering if he could have really done that. It has to fall on the line of “Did he — could he have got out of that situation?”
It’s not clear cut in Killer Elite who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, but you still want to retain the audience’s sympathy. Do you need to know what he is?
Jason Statham: Yeah. And I love the fact that it’s good guys doing wrong things for the right reasons, and no one is going to know who is who because everyone has their own agenda and terms on why they’re doing this and why they feel it’s just. It’s all mixed into a world that keeps the audience in a place where they’re guessing and making their own assumptions.
The travel to all the locations for the film must be a thrill.
Jason Statham: It’s good. It’s always good to have different colors of different cities, and I love international films that have shades of color. Sometimes we couldn’t afford to take everybody to the cities. We faked Paris, but that’s movie-making.
You’re obviously very comfortable making action films and not films that are wordy.
Jason Statham: I love what I’m doing, yeah. A lot of actors are frustrated because they want to do things that are different and test themselves. Character actors are always looking for something the opposite of what they did. I don’t know, I like doing what I’m doing. Stallone made a career out of doing things that he was good at. Everyone has their strength. Clint Eastwood, one of my heroes, did a ton of Westerns, and no one asked him if he got bored of that. John Wayne, how many did he do? They were good at what they did. People like seeing them play to their strengths. We remember them so well. I’m with that. If I’m better at this, I’ll keep doing what I’m good at — if you are good at it.
Would you like to direct as Eastwood does?
Jason Statham: I’m not there yet, no. It takes a lot of hours from start to finish for a film. It’s so many hours, and it’s exacting.
What was it like working with Robert De Niro?
Jason Statham: It’s everything. It’s intimidating, but it was one of the greatest situations because he has a lifetime of experience. You will never forget the day you’re on-screen with one of your heroes. He’s just brilliant at what he does, but he’s a normal guy. You don’t try to turn him into something he’s not. So brilliant so you treat him the way he wants to be treated. Whatever he does, he’s good at. If he picks up a gun, he’s brilliant. If he’s talking, he’s brilliant. Whatever he’s doing, he’s so believable. If he punches someone in the head — that scene at the end where he comes down the escalator and he whistles and the guy looks and he goes “crack” — he’s just so good. He kicks the knife away. People love seeing him do that kind of stuff because he doesn’t do it every day. He’s so good at it.
Your character has a love relationship with Yvonne Strahovski`s character, but she doesn’t know you are an international assassin. Do you think she could find out eventually what he did for a living?
Jason Statham: We shot a scene where she found out, but it didn’t stay in the movie. She found a thing in the trees where we used to go to throw knives, and she started asking questions. It was a really great scene in the rain in Australia in the forest, and she was crying. It was a good scene for us, one of the great ones, but it just took away from the pacing of the film. It was sad to see it go because it was brilliant for Yvonne, because it was good drama for her and for me, too.
It’s sad, but it’s all about the film and the greater good. You can’t be selfish about your scenes. It always has to be for the film. It’s always sad to see something good go on the floor. There was a brilliant scene with Clive Owen where he beat the crap out of these guys, and he threw a card down, and it showed his group of people and how tough they were. It was such a good scene. I’d be so pissed off if that was me. But you know that as an actor there are elements that will take precedence. The pacing of the film has to be good.
How do you keep the physical plant functioning so well?
Jason Statham: We train hard, and every time we do a film, you start eating the proper foods and stop drinking.
Do you feel yourself aging at all?
Jason Statham: I need to pace it differently to keep it up like Clint. He did action into his 60s. People know he’s tough and that he can. He has the intensity. And who knows how long before the knees give out? I’ll just keep on going until they do.
Are Chev Chelios (Crank) and Frank Martin (Transporter) coming back?
Jason Statham: I’d love to do more. They’re great lads, and five or six weeks of mayhem would be welcome. The Crank films are the most fun, no question. There’s no serious side to that film. It’s everything it’s supposed to be. You love them or hate them, and I happen to like them.
Any plans to do more with Guy Ritchie?
Jason Statham: I have many plans to work with him again, but how many films does he want to do with me? He’s the one in control of that. He gave me my career. I owe him so much. I love his films and the way he makes movies and our friendship. I’d love to see Snatch 2. I have a lot of plans!
You’re currently shooting Parker for Taylor Hackford in New Orleans. What’s it like?
Jason Statham: Taylor’s very pleased about shooting there because it is such a vibrant place and has so many great locations. It just rang the bell, and the people are great. There’s no paparazzo following you around. Stay away from the restaurants. You have to be careful because the food is good. You just have to be strict.