The future Hollywood star and the tough guy Jason Statham was born in 1967, in Derbyshire, Great Britain. His mother danced, and his dad was a lounge singer. Since early childhood he was interested mostly in sports – swimming. He did not choose the sports which needed taller sportsmen – Jason Statham height is 178 cm (or 5 ft 10 inch). With time he became a professional swimmer and in 1992 he was the 12th in the World Championship in diving. For ten years Statham was a member of The National Association of Diving. Before he became ” The Transporter” in 2002 , he participated in Olympic Games in 1988, representing the national team in diving. Sports helped the future movie star to get a proportional body : Jason Statham worked as a model in the company “French Connection”, demonstrating clothing.
The majority of the movies Statham starred in can be marked “16+”. From the very beginning – the first movie by Guy Ritchie “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” Jason Statham has become a crime films star. After his first fantastic success in 1998, his career started.
The second movie which also became an iconic in criminal genre became “Snatch“. Again the idea of the crime comedy belonged to Guy Ritchie. Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Benicio del Toro became the partners of Statham in the movie. The actor got a role of a boxing promoter who was almost nailed by the violent gangster. The movie about gangsters contained the violent scenes, but the film humor made the movie an icon of the XXth century. The ” Snatch” was released in 2000. With the budget of $10 million it had the Box office about $84 million.
The world fame has come to Jason Statham with “The Transporter” – the action movie where the actor showed all his talents. Jason had to study karate, kung fu and kickboxing. Jason Statham workout built the muscular body of the actor which helps him starring in action movies. The first “Transporter” was released in 2002, the second and the third parts (although they were made as separate movies) are dated 2005 and 2008. It is exactly ” The Transporter” which made Jason Statham an action hero. The story itself is not so trivial – probably the best carrier in France, Frank Martin is ready to deliver any goods provided by customers anywhere, with no questions, and sometimes breaking the rules. He guarantees the safety of anything. One day he finds in the trunk a Chinese girl. Frank understands the request of Kuai Lai to save some unfortunate Chinese people out of slavery in the ship’s container as the job he has to do.Since the time he takes the decision to help her in a struggle against Mafia. With the budget of $21 million the box office was $43 million.
In 2006 Jason Statham films in the “Crank” and gets a curious award – for The Most Offensive Male Character. His hero – the professional assassin becomes aware that he was injected with a poison and will die. The plot of the film story turned to be so exciting, that with the $12 million budget the box office of the ” Crank” reached $43 million.
The extra popular in 2010-2014 “The Expendables” ( directed by Sylvester Stallone) are again the action movies as almost all Jason Statham films. The movie is about a squad of professional mercenaries and desperate men, led by Barney Ross which get a difficult task -to find and destroy the bloody tyrant and dictator sowing chaos in the South American country. Going to perform the mission, the guys have to survive: to unite and achieve the goal, or to despair and perish.
The latest works of Jason Statham became “Fast & Furious 7″ or “Furious 7” and he has been working at the “Mechanic: Resurrection“. It will be the action thriller film where Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones work together with the actor. The upcoming movie will the “The Mechanic” 2011 sequel.