Jason Statham


Jason Statham Biography

Jason Statham ( ;|date=January 2016}} born 26 July 1967) is an English actor, and a former model and competitive diver.

Statham is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). He has also appeared in films such as the action thriller The Transporter trilogy (2002-2008), the heist film The Italian Job (2003), the black comedy-action film Crank (2006), the action film War (2007), the science fiction action thriller Death Race (2008), the crime film The Bank Job (2008), and the action series The Expendables (2010–14). Statham has joined The Fast and the Furious franchise, having a cameo appearance in Fast & Furious 6 and starred in Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. He usually performs his own stage combat and stunts, and is noted for being typecast as an antihero.

Early life

Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, the son of Eileen (ne Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street seller and lounge singer.</ref>}} He grew up with football player Vinnie Jones, alongside whom he would later act. Jones introduced him to football, and Statham went on to play for the local grammar school (1978-1983), which he had attended since the age of 11, a passion that he shared with diving. He practiced daily in perfecting his diving techniques, and was a member of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve years. Statham competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection. A spokesperson for the high street clothing chain said: "We chose Jason because we wanted our model to look like a normal guy. His look is just right for now: very masculine and not too male-modelly." However, he was still forced to follow in his father's footsteps as a street seller to make ends meet, selling "fake perfume and jewellery on street corners" according to Statham. He made small appearances in a few music videos including "Comin' On Strong" by The Shamen in 1993, "Run to the Sun" by Erasure in 1994, and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Beautiful South in 1995.

Career

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.

Statham was offered more film roles, and in 2002 he was cast as the lead role of driver Frank Martin in the action movie The Transporter, in which he was responsible for his own stunts (Statham has made this choice for all of his films). He has studied Wing Chun kung fu, karate, and kickboxing. The film spawned two sequels, Transporter 2 (2005) and Transporter 3 (2008).

He also played supporting roles in Mean Machine (2002), The Italian Job (2003) (in which he played Handsome Rob), and Cellular (2004) in which he played the lead villain. In 2005, Statham was once again cast by Ritchie to star in his new project, Revolver, which was a critical and box office failure.

In 2008, Statham starred in the British crime thriller The Bank Job and Death Race, a remake of Death Race 2000 (1975). American film critic Armond White hailed Statham's ascension as an action film star. On the occasion of Death Race, White championed Statham's "best track record of any contemporary movie star."

In 2009, Statham started to develop a new movie written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples. 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 Grabbers."

He also starred in the action film Killer Elite. The film was based on real events, which were the subject of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' fictional novel The Feather Men. Statham played an assassin named Danny who comes out of retirement to save an old friend, played by Robert De Niro. In August 2011, he began filming Parker for director Taylor Hackford; the film was released in January 2013. Statham played Parker, the criminal antihero previously played by Mel Gibson in 1999's Payback and by Lee Marvin in 1967's Point Blank (though their characters were given different surnames).

He reprised his role as Lee Christmas in The Expendables 2 in 2012. In 2013, Statham had a cameo appearance at the end of Fast & Furious 6 as the brother of the film's antagonist Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). He reprised the character, this time as the main antagonist, in Furious 7, which was released in April 2015. In 2013, he also starred opposite James Franco in the thriller Homefront, and headlined the British thriller Hummingbird. Statham made a cameo in the 2014 music video Summer of Calvin Harris as one of the car racers.

Statham has advocated for stunt performers to be given their own category at the Oscars.

Influence in popular media

In the comic book series Ultimate Spider-Man, that series' version of the villain Vulture was rendered by artist Mark Bagley to resemble actor Statham, as per writer Brian Michael Bendis' instructions.

Personal life

Since 2010, he has been dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. They announced their engagement on 10 January 2016 In February 2017, they announced that they were expecting their first child. They welcomed their son, Jack Oscar, on 24 June 2017.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Bacon
2000 Snatch Turkish
Turn It Up Mr. B
2001 Ghosts of Mars Sergeant Jericho Butler
' MVA Agent Evan Funsch
Mean Machine Monk
2002 ' Frank Martin
2003 ' Handsome Rob
2004 Collateral Airport man Cameo appearance
Cellular Ethan Greer
2005 Transporter 2 Frank Martin
Revolver Jake Green
London Bateman
Chaos Detective Quentin Conners
2006 ' Yves Gluant Uncredited
Crank Chev Chelios
2007 War FBI Agent John Crawford
2008 ' Terry Leather
In the Name of the King Farmer Daimon
Death Race Jensen Garner "Frankenstein" Ames
Truth in 24 Narrator Documentary
Transporter 3 Frank Martin
2009 Crank: High Voltage Chev Chelios
2010 13 Jasper Bagges
' Lee Christmas
2011 ' Arthur Bishop
Gnomeo & Juliet Tybalt Voice only
Blitz Detective Sergeant Tom Brant
Killer Elite Danny Bryce
2012 Safe Luke Wright
' Lee Christmas
2013 Parker Parker
Fast & Furious 6 Deckard Shaw Cameo appearance
Hummingbird Joey Jones
Homefront Phil Broker
2014 The Expendables 3 Lee Christmas
2015 Wild Card Nick Wild
Furious 7 Deckard Shaw
Spy Rick Ford
2016 Mechanic: Resurrection Arthur Bishop
2017 The Fate of the Furious Deckard Shaw
2018 Meg Jonas Taylor Filming

Video games

List of voiced performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Red Faction II Shrike
2003 Call of Duty Sergeant Waters
2015 Sniper X with Jason Statham Team Leader Tablet game
Mobile game

Music videos

Year Artist(s) Title Role Notes
1993 The Shamen "Comin' On" Background Dancer
1994 Erasure "Run to the Sun" Background Dancer
2014 Calvin Harris "Summer" Driver



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