Jason Statham comes from humble beginnings and says he is not too shy to go back. He was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire on September 12, 1967. His mom, Eileen Statham, was a dancer. His dad, Barry Statham, worked as a lounge singer and sold goods in the local street market stalls. Jason had a love of the arts, football and diving. He practiced diving everyday and was part of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve years. He competed on the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform. He reached the rank of 12th in the world for platform diving in 1992. He said of that time in his life, "I think being a competitive diver for years helps you focus and dedicate yourself to what's needed."
He likes competition and pushing himself. He is an avid supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club, is considered an expert in Kickboxing and is well trained in Mixed Martial Arts. His gravelly voice and ever-present stubble have been his trademark in movies and he feels an average guy look contributes to his popularity: "I suppose that is the European way, dangerous and hairy."
Guy Ritchie was just starting out as a director when he cast Jason Statham for the role of a con artist in his movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. The two have remained close friends and worked together in Revolver and Snatch. The total box office gross for all Jason Statham films is about $1 billion. The highest grossing film he has been a part of is The Expendables. He is most widely known for his starring role in The Bank Job, which grossed more than $63 million.
He did most all of his own stunts in the 2002 movie The Transporter saying, "I've spent all those years learning how to do certain skills, and then that competitive spirit kicks in and you want to do the stunts. Basically, it's the the male competitive ego at work."
When asked about the characters he portrays in movies and from where he draws his inspiration, Statham says, "Growing up where I did, you met a lot of colorful characters whose business was on the other side of the law, or more likely you didn't know what they were up to, and you never would. So playing those kinds of characters now, I can draw on that. The rest of it, you can practice or learn from books. But mostly, I draw from my experiences. That's all I have, you know."
None of his film roles have garnered Academy Award nominations and that does not seem to bother Statham. He says, "I'm certainly not Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt."
|2002||Red Faction II|
|2003||Call of Duty|
|2009||Transporter 3 Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World|
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels|
|2000||Turn It Up|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars|
|2003||The Italian Job|
|2006||The Pink Panther|
|2007||In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale|
|2008||The Bank Job|
|2009||Crank: High Voltage|
|2011||Gnomeo & Juliet|
|2012||The Expendables 2|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6|
|2014||The Expendables 3|
|2015||Fast and Furious 7|