From con-man to actor, Jason Statham has proven to be a true success story in a short period of time.
Jason Statham began his career in acting after being spotted and introduced to Guy Ritchie, when he was a model for “French Connection” in 1998. His first movie “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” was obtained when he was challenged by Ritchie to impersonate an illegal street vendor and convince him to purchase fake jewelry. “Come on let the con games begin people, he was doing this for a living once.” Yet, Guy was impressed with his wit and charm so much he signed him on, and later called him in to also star in “Snatch, with Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro and then; Revolver with Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin and Vincent Pastore. I must admit although directed by Guy Ritchie these were among his best, followed by the first two “Transporter’s,” “The Italian Job, with Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Seth Green and Edward Norton” and “Cellular” with Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and Richard Macey. Jason’s other films included “Chaos,” with Wesley Snipes, “In the Name of the King, A Dungeon Siege Story,” with Ray Liotta and Burt Reynolds, “Crank,” with Amy Smart, and last but certainly not least, “The Bank Job,” with Saffron Burrows, based on a true London Bank heist in the early 70′s, which was an amazing movie all together.
Yes, it dabbled a bit at times, but the results were stupendous, and I highly enjoyed it. Right now Jason finished the remake of “Death Race 2000,” where he will star alongside Tyrese Gibson, and is due out August 22nd, 2008 as well as finished “Crank II,” which I don’t see how they could make a bad movie even worse; and is currently working on Transporter III, to be released in 2009. With “Death Race,” Jason will be taking the role of Jensen Ames a man falsely convicted for a murder he didn’t commit, and sent to prison where the warden forces him to compete in post industrial world’s most popular sport, a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory and freedom. This film directed by Paul W. Anderson, looks promising and can lead Jason to other major roles, as he wants to achieve the kind of greatness shared by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Shwarzenegger in the mid 80′s.
Yes, they are a hard set to compete with, but he is versatile, does his own stunts, and is amazingly hot, so therefore I’m sure he can pull it off. There’s just so much a man can do for the roles he wants, and with each he has come out with bruises and injuries, but he enjoys being hands-on, and this alone will take him where he wants to be, and that is being the first British actor to be paid $20 million dollars a film. Jason Statham is also urging studio executives to consider him for the lead in a planned remake of The Crow. Brandon Lee lost his life on the set of the 1994 cult film, when a prop gun was replaced with a real pistol for a shooting scene, but the movies controversy hasn’t put Transporter star Statham off revisiting the role of Eric Draven. He says, “Theres talk of them redoing The Crow. That was a good movie. So, if that one comes my way, bang! “There are so many comic book movies out there and most of the time theres only a handful of people who can do them any justice. Hopefully, they’ll come my way for one of them”.
By far, I’ve enjoyed the majority of his films, but will be the first to tell you one blows if it does. At the top of my hate it list are “London, Crank, and In the Name of the King,” and am quite positive Crank II will make the list as well, as the first proved to be the worst ever. Why they chose to make a second I have no idea, but curiosity will, of course bring me to see it, on DVD…
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