Yeah we all definitely know who the transporter is, and that of course is Jason Statham, a preeminent Hollywood actor of the 21st century. On the big screen, he’s been quite a bit of other things too, he’s been a hitman, a con man, a veteran, and a whole host of other grubby, but mysteriously appealing tough guy.
Right Before he attained stardom and became a lovable action figure, Statham had a past life that would rival any of the colorful characters he’s brought to the big screen. Thus the reason were going back and forth in time to expose the nitty-gritty facts about Jason Statham
- JASON STATHAM PUTTERED IN MODELING.
This won’t come much as a surprise, but yeah, he was once a “set to fail” male model even before Hollywood entered the picture of his life. Jason arrived the world of modeling for the fashion company French Connection. If his rugged image doesn’t seem to logically offer itself to the world of male modeling, which was exactly what the company was in need of at the time.
According to a spokesperson for French Connection; Lilly Anderson in an interview, when asked of all people why the company went for Jason Statham? Reply was “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.” She added.
- A DIVER: DIVING WAS JASON STATHAM’S FIRST CALLING.
In the early 90s, Jason Statham was highly regarded as one of the world’s top competitive divers. He expended 12 years as part of the British National Diving Squad, decorated by competing in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
Despite being an elite diver, Jason never qualified for the Olympics, which he admits is still a “sore point” for him. He told the media; “I started too late”, “It probably wasn’t my thing. I should have done a different sport.”
- JASON STATHAM DANCED HALF-NAKED IN A COUPLE OF MUSIC VIDEOS.
With his diving career ending on a rather unsuccessful note, he opted to dance in music videos and two 90s music video; “Comin’ On” by The Shamen and “Run to the Sun” by Erasure revealed to us a half-naked, and quite oily, Jason Statham inquisitively dancing away in the background.
Both make liberal use of Statham’s lack of modesty, which is a far cry from the slick suits and commando gear we’d later see him rocking in The Transporter and Expendables series.
- JASON STATHAM WAS SELLING FAKE JEWELRY AND PERFUME ON THE STREETS OF LONDON
After years of high dives, modeling, and pelvic gyrations, Statham was still looking to make a real living in the late ‘90s. His next odd job? Selling counterfeit perfume and jewelry in corners of London streets.
Fortuitously, that exact sort of real-world hoodlum was exactly what director Guy Ritchie required for 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movie.
Ritchie was introduced to Statham through his modeling gig at French Connection and saw the potential this real-world con man had for the movie. He wrote the role of Bacon specifically for Statham, which turned out to be the breakthrough point in the life of the transporter; Jason Statham.
- JASON STATHAM ALMOST LANDED THE LEADING ROLE IN “GHOST MARS”
If you truly love Hollywood as you say them you should definitely know “Ghost Mars” and of course “Ice cube”. Jason Statham did gain approbation for his role in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, he wasn’t quite a leading man yet. Director John Carpenter wanted to change that by casting him as James “Desolation” Williams, the main character in Ghosts of Mars.
Though Carpenter was convinced that Statham was ready for the role, the producers weren’t. They pushed the director to cast someone with more established and popular personality in Hollywood, eventually resolving on the former talented American rapper; Ice Cube. Statham remained in the movie but played a smaller role as Sgt. Jericho Butler.
- JUST LIKE BRUCE LEE & JACKIE, JASON STATHAM HABITUALLY DOES HIS OWN STUNTS.
In addition to being in impeccable shape, Statham also takes pride in doing many of his own stunts in his movies, from hand-to-hand combat to dangling from a helicopter 3000 feet above downtown Los Angeles. In fact, he’s almost assertive in his belief that actors should be doing their own stunts.
“I’m inspired by the people who could do their own work,” the actor said. “Bruce Lee never had stunt doubles and fight doubles, or Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I’ve been in action movies where there is a face replacement and I’m fighting with a double, and it’s embarrassing.”
The worst offenders happens to be Superhero movies (I won’t be listing any). Jason Statham was direct in making his notion as regards superhero movies known. He said there’s nothing exciting about it, that it is totally unreal.
- JASON STATHAM ALMOST LOST HIS LIFE FILMING EXPENDABLES 3.
For all the authenticity that Statham likes to bring to the screen by doing his own stunts, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. While filming an action scene for Expendables 3, the brakes failed on a three-ton stunt truck Statham was driving, sending it off a cliff and into the Black Sea.
If you’ve ever wondered if the real Statham was anything like the movie version, his underwater escape from a mammoth truck should answer that.
“It’s the closest I’ve ever been to drowning,” Statham said. “I’ve done a lot of scuba diving; I’ve done a lot of free diving. No matter how much of that you’ve done, it doesn’t teach you to breathe underwater, I came very close to drowning. It was a very harrowing experience.”
- JASON STATHAM PRACTICES A RANGE OF MARTIAL ARTS.
Statham’s fitness humdrum is about more than just weights and core work. The actor is also involved in a variety of different fighting disciplines like boxing, judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Amongst all he does to stay in shape, it’s the martial arts that has been most helpful for Statham’s onscreen presence. “That’s what I have to give most of my time to these days: training for what I have to do in terms of providing action in an authentic manner,” he told Men’s Health.
Statham is not alone in his desire for martial arts; director Guy Ritchie is also a black belt in jiu-jitsu and a brown belt in karate. When Men’s Health asked Statham if the two ever sparred, he responded, “I remember when we started out, we’d go on a press tour for Lock, Stock… and we’d be moving all the furniture out of the way in the hotel room, trying to choke each other out.”
- JASON STATHAM’S MOVIES HAVE MADE MORE MONEY THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
Statham’s films may have a tough time impressing critics, but audiences and studio executives can’t get enough. Taken as a whole, Statham’s filmography has raked in more than $5 billion worldwide.
A lot of this is due to his more recent entry into the Fast and Furious franchise, but he’s also had seven movies cross the $100 million mark worldwide outside of that series. This isn’t an accident; Statham knows exactly what type of movie keeps the lights on, as he explained in an interview with The Guardian.
“So if you’ve got a story about a depressed doctor whose estranged wife doesn’t wanna be with him no more, and you put me in it, people aren’t gonna put money on the table. Whereas if you go, ‘All he does is get in the car, hit someone on the head, shoot someone in the f*cking feet,’ then, yep, they’ll give you $20 million. You can’t fault these people for wanting to make money.”