My favorite action hero now. Here is a little bit about this guy… (from various sources)
Why we like him ??
A one-time Olympic diver, fashion model, and black-market salesman, Statham came to acting by way of commercials and “street theater” ,a euphemism for hustling tourists on London’s Oxford Street. Jason Statham got his own style with acting, Jason Statham is just so fine, strong, smart and can move like a snake.
Why is he famous ??
He starred in hit movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999), Snatch (2001), John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars (2001), The One (2001), The Transporter (2002), The Italian Job (2003), Cellular (2004), and Transporter 2 (2005).
British director Guy Ritchie frequently attributes the success of his unorthodox crime films 1998’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, 2000’s Snatch to the fact that his offbeat miscreants are more than believable, they are real. Preferring to cast for authenticity rather than resumי, Ritchie handpicks many of his actors from the true-life cult figures and rascals of London’s underbelly. Actor Jason Statham is among the best of them.
The Brazilian Job (2006)
Charlie Croker and his fellow crew of expert thieves head to Rio de Janeiro to pull off another heist in this follow up to The Italian Job.
Hotshot Las Vegas gambler Jake Green is rarely allowed to play in the casinos because he’s a winner. Jake has taken in so much money, in fact, that he’s the only client of his accountant and older brother, Billy. Jake, Billy and their other brother Joe are invited to sit in on a private game. Crime boss and casino owner, Dorothy Macha is sitting in on the game, too. Though he’s a terrible player he always wins because people are scared to lose to him. Jake not only beats Dorothy but insults the man. Macha puts out a hit on Jake, but Jake ends up working for and being protected by a pair of brothers, Avi and Zack, who are out to take Dorothy down.
The Pink Panther (2006)
A prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film, where the detective must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.
Two cops, a rookie (Phillippe) and a grizzled vet (Statham), pursue an accomplished bank robber.
The Transporter 2 (2005)
Retired in Miami, ex-Special Forces operative, Frank Martin, makes a living driving for the wealthy Billings family. He’s a huge favorite with their two small boys, but when the kids are kidnapped and injected with a potentially fatal virus, Frank defies the FBI and works relentlessly to get the boys to safety and discover the kidnapper’s master plan.
1 hr. 35 min. A random wrong number to his cell phone sends a young man into a high-stakes race against time to save a woman’s life in the action thriller Cellular. With no knowledge of Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) other than her hushed, panicked voice on the other end of the tenuous cell phone connection, Ryan (Chris Evans) is quickly thrown into a world of deception and murder on his frantic search to find and save her. Jessica’s life is in his hands, but what is waiting for him on the other side of the line, and what will it cost him to find out?
Thriller and Crime/Gangster
1 hr. 56 min. Max (Foxx) is a failed comedy writer living in Los Angeles who makes a living as a cab driver. This movie focuses on one very tumultuous day for Max, as he figures out that the fare (Cruise) he’s been driving around all day is a contract killer, committing a series of hits. Now, it’s up to him to somehow stop the killer from executing the last witness… as well as himself.
The Italian Job (2003)
Action/Adventure and Crime/Gangster
A band of thieves, led by Charlie Croker (Wahlberg), pulls off the ultimate heist by rigging the stoplights of the city of Los Angeles so that they can drive right out of the city with a carful of gold (in a safe that they’re stealing back after Croker’s double-crossing ex-partner, played by Edward Norton, stole it from Croker first), with nothing but green lights, while everyone else gets red lights, thus keeping the roads plugged with the largest traffic jam in L.A. history, and the police from pursuing them.
Mean Machine (2002)
Comedy and Drama
1 hr. 39 mins. Vinnie Jones steps into Burt Reynolds’ shoes as a professional footballer detained at her Majesty’s pleasure in this re-creation of the 1974 film “The Longest Yard.” Danny Meehan (Jones) had it all – captain of the England soccer team, fast cars, money and fame – until he was banned from the team following accusations of match fixing and jailed for three years for drunken assault on a police officer. The Governor (David Hemmings) has pulled strings to get Danny assigned to his prison. He’s put a lot of money into the prison guards’ semi-professional soccer team with little result, and he wants Danny to train the team to win the league. Siding with the Governor is a one way ticket to prison hell, and so Danny proposes to train a team of cons to play against the guards as a pre-season warm-up. The Governor agrees, believing a bunch of cons to be no match for his guards.
The Transporter (2002)
Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster
1 hr. 32 min. Dangerous complications ensue when a former U.S. Special Forces soldier-turned expatriate mercenary is hired to kidnap the feisty daughter of a lethal Chinese cook who’s smuggling his fellow countrymen into France.
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Suspense/Horror
1 hr. 55 min. Set in the year 2025, humans have moved to Mars. They have organized a division of labor and they are mining the planet for natural resources. However, when one mining team digs up a long-buried pod full of aliens, and the bodies of the human workers are instantly inhabited by the strange beings, a war ignites. What first seems to be a battle against crime for justice suddenly turns into a human battle for survival against the haunting alien force.
The One (2001)
Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
1 hr. 36 min. THE ONE, a supernatural action bonanza from director James Wong, stars martial arts expert Jet Li. With high-tech special effects and innovative choreography, the film places Li in various battle scenarios fighting against his equal–actually, his double, an evil version of himself living from another reality.
Art/Foreign, Thriller and Crime/Gangster
1 hr. 43 min. In SNATCH, a botched diamond heist leads to a wild and tangled adventure involving gangsters, boxers, and a detailed look at the London underground. A stylized work with a gritty urban soundtrack and a cast of intricately developed characters, this film is a welcome follow-up to director Guy Ritchie’s earlier LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)
Comedy and Thriller
1 hr. 48 min. Best mates Eddie, Tom, Bacon,and Soap are cocks-of-the-walk in and around the East End. And why not? They’re virile, handsome lads who can hold their own. With this lot, it’s all for one and more for all. So, everyone stakes Eddie, a sharp cardshark, for the biggest card game in town. Eddie can’t lose…until he does: the game is a setup. Fleeced, Eddie finds himself and his mates in debt to the game’s host, never-to-be-crossed underworld boss Hatchet Harry, for a whopping $800,000. If the money isn’t on Harry’s desk in a week, then Eddie’s fingers (to start with) will be, thanks to fearsome debt collector Big Chris. Unless Eddie’s father, JD, forfeits his popular bar to his old adversary, Harry. Not bloody likely! So, Eddie and the boys put their heads together and brainstorm a caper that will enable them to pay off Harry and make out like… bandits, as it were. The foursome keeps focused on the big grab, even as all hell breaks loose around them, when a rogues! ‘ gallery of miscreants gets in their way. The gang of four finds more big-time trouble, and craziness, than they ever imagined. To save their skins, they’ll have to demonstrate that rare trait: honor among thieves. However, making good use of the two barrels of that pair of vintage shotguns couldn’t hurt…