15 Best Films and Biography of a Great English Actor.. Jason Statham

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Who Is Jason Statham?

English action star Jason Statham has convincingly portrayed a host of unsavory, yet oddly endearing, tough guys who can generally be counted on to dish out beat downs and lead car chases while intercutting the action with a well-timed quip. But before he ever stepped foot on a movie set, Statham’s life was just as colorful as the characters he’s played onscreen. From being an Olympic diver to fashion model to even having a side gig in the black market, Statham amassed a unique set of skills that perfectly positioned him to be an action star.

Background and Early Career

Jason Statham was born on July 26, 1967 in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen and Barry Statham. He had an older brother named Lee and both took interest in martial arts. But Statham had other athletic passions, one of which was diving, and he began working on those skills, eventually becoming a part of the British Olympic Team that traveled to Seoul, Korea in 1988. After the Olympics, he continued as a member of the National Diving Squad for the next decade. However, after some disappointing finishes at the World Championships and Olympic trials, he decided to focus on the next chapter of his career.

A few years later, his athletic build caught the eye of a talent agent and landed Statham a gig in an ad campaign for the European clothing retailer French Connection. An appearance in a Levi’s Jeans commercial and work for Hilfiger followed and soon Statham had a modeling career. This helped him land jobs as a background dancer in early ’90s music videos like The Shamen’s “Comin’ On” and Erasure’s “Run to the Sun.”

Jason Statham
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Movies

15.Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Sting, Jason Statham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British comedy thriller film written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The story is a film involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses £500,000 to ..

14.Homefront

James Franco, Winona Ryder

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gary Fleder

Homefront is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and released nationwide in theaters on November 27. Based on Chuck Logan’s novel of the same name and adapted into a…

13.Parker

Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte

Released: 2013

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Parker is a 2013 crime thriller film written by John J. McLaughlin and directed by Taylor Hackford.

12.Death Race

Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham. Though referred to as a remake of the 1975 film..

11.The Bank Job

Mick Jagger, Jason Statham

Released: 2008

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

The Bank Job is a 2008 British film written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Jason Statham, based on the 1971 Baker Street in central London, from..

10.Transporter 3

Jason Statham, Robert Knepper

Released: 2008

Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Transporter 3 is a 2008 French action film, and is the third installment in the Transporter franchise. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprised their roles, as Frank Martin and Tarconi,.

9.Crank

Jason Statham, Amy Smart

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neveldine/Taylor

Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a British…

8.The Expendables

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason Statham.

7.The Expendables 2

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

Released: 2012

Directed by: Simon West

The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own’s life is taken, the mercenary group set out for revenge against rival..

6.Transporter 2

Jason Statham, AnnaLynne McCord

Released: 2005

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Transporter 2 is a 2005 French action film directed by Louis Leterrier and produced by Luc Besson. It is the sequel to The Transporter. It is followed by Transporter 3. The film stars Jason Statham,.

5.The Italian Job

Charlize Theron, Kelly Brook

Released: 2003

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Italian Job is a 2003 film directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Wayne and Donna Powers and produced by Donald DeLine. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Edward..

4.Safe

Jason Statham, Anson Mount

Released: 2012

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Safe is a 2012 American action crime thriller film directed by Boaz Yakin. Luke Wright (Jason Statham), an ex-cop and former cage fighter, winds up protecting a gifted child who is being chased by.

3.Snatch

Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro

Released: 2000

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Snatch is a 2000 comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a..

2.The Mechanic

Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon West

The Mechanic is a 2011 American action thriller film starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. Directed by Simon West, it is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, directed by Michael Winner,..

1.The Transporter

Jason Statham, Shu Qi

Released: 2002

Directed by: Corey Yuen, Louis Leterrier

The Transporter is a 2002 French action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and written by Luc Besson, who was inspired by BMW Films’ The Hire series. The film stars Jason..
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