Jason Statham (born 12.09.1972) is an English actor known for his roles in 'Snatch', and 'The Expendables' and 'The Transporter' series.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Jason Statham has a net worth of 40 million USD.
Childhood: Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, England, to dancer Eileen and lounge singer Barry Statham. Despite originally taking to the idea of following in his father's footsteps of getting involved in the entertainment industry, Statham began perusing a sporting career after moving to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He started by trying to follow a martial arts career, before his childhood friend (and later co-star) Vinnie Jones introduced him to football. Statham played football for his school as a child, before taking on diving. In 1992, Statham participated in the World Diving Championships, finishing in 12th place. His entire diving career lasted twelve years, during which he was a member of Britain's diving squad.
Career: jason Statham was training at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London when he was discovered by a modelling agency scout. Statham was chosen to model for French Connection, which led to him being noticed by director Guy Richie. Richie cast Statham in the 1998 film 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. The film was a hit, and led to Statham being invited back to star in 2000's 'Snatch', alongside Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina. The two successful films helped launch Statham into the Hollywood spotlight, with appearances in both 'Ghosts of Mars' and 'The One' in 2001. The following year, Statham was cast in the lead role for 'The Transporter' due to his own martial arts experience. The film received moderate reviews and turned a fair profit, earning it a sequel in 2005 which had an overall similar critical and box office response. The third film in the series exceeded the sales for the first two films, yet received far lower critical response. Similarly, Statham appeared in the film 'Crank' in 2006. The film generated a huge box office response and received moderate reviews. The sequel received similar critical praise, yet failed to make a large impact on the box-office. In 2010, Statham stared alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke, in the film 'The Expendables'. He reprised his role in the 2012 and 2014 sequels to the film.
Personal Life: For seven years, Statham was in a relationship with model Kelly Brook, however the couple split up in 2004. He dated Bardot band member Sophie Monk briefly in 2005, before beginning a relationship with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in 2010. Statham is a strong advocate of stuntmen having their own category at The Academy Awards.
The couple welcomed a baby boy, named Jack, at the weekend.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (June 28th) to announce the happy news, the fashion icon also revealed the little one’s name and that he had arrived at the weekend. “Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th,” she wrote, captioning a picture of the new baby’s hand.
49 year old English actor Statham met Huntington-Whiteley, 30, on the set of blockbuster movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon back in 2011. They currently live in Los Angeles together.
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With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded franchise continues in its trajectory to provide mindlessly outrageous thrills involving muscly guys, tough girls and loud cars. This episode is marginally more grounded than the high-flying previous instalment, but it's still utterly preposterous. It's also a huge amount of fun, thanks to the snappy cast and far larger than life driving stunts.
We catch up with Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez) living in Havana and challenging the locals to some vroom-vroom racing antics. But their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Cipher (Charlize Theron), a mysterious woman who has something on Dom and lures him to the dark side. To stop Cipher's nefarious plan, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is brought back into action by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his rookie colleague Eric (Scott Eastwood), who also draft in Letty and the team (Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) before heading off to Berlin. Things don't go so well there, so they bring in hothead nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham) and chase Dom and Cipher to New York and Arctic Russia for even more outrageous vehicular mayhem.
New to the franchise, director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) gives the film a gritty edge that sits surprisingly well with a stream of wry comedy running right through every scene. He also kicks off the action from the opening shot, then barely pauses for breath for a odd moment of plot exposition or emotion along the way. This is full-on action entertainment, riotously over-the-top and hilariously enjoyable, even if it's dumb as a post. And the action sequences are jaw-droppingly enormous.
Continue reading: The Fate Of The Furious Review
Five years after his first stint as hitman Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic, Jason Statham has returned to the role for Mechanic: Resurrection.
The sequel sees the efficient killer dragged out of retirement when his girlfriend Gina (Jessica Alba) is kidnapped and her captors force Arthur to carry out three seemingly impossible hits and of course to make them look like accidents in three elaborate set-pieces.
So it seems a bit obvious why Statham might want to return to the role. "It's nice to revisit a familiar character and put him in a unique world, especially Arthur," Statham says. "He is a complicated man with a moral compass. And I like how he orchestrates these hits. Get in and get out without a trace. It's the MacGuyver kind of brain, composed and confident. It's great to play that! And on this occasion Jessica Elba gets to eek out a side of Bishop that we've never seen - this compassionate guy who lets down his soft side in order to do something good for somebody."
Continue reading: Jason Statham Loves The Mechanic's Complicated Action
Jason Statham who plays the lead role of Arthur Bishop attending the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Mechanic 2: Resurrection' at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California United States - Monday 22nd August 2016
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley , Jason Statham - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and fiancé Jason Statham arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 3rd May 2016
The actor insists he felt comfortable in his new role.
Ed Skrein may have had his big breakthrough with a brief role on Game of Thrones, but he had already made a mark on British cinema in Ill Manors and The Sweeney. Now he takes the spotlight in The Transporter Refuelled, replacing Jason Statham in the role of no-nonsense driver Frank Martin.
Ed Skrein takes over Jason Statham in 'The Transporter Refuelled'
He's aware of the pressure of rebooting a franchise, but wasn't worried. "It always felt quite natural," he says. "I felt so relaxed even going into the auditions for Transporter. I did what I always do which is prepare intensively, work hard and take it seriously. But I was very comfortable in the shoes of Frank Martin."
Continue reading: The Transporter Refuelled Puts Ed Skrein In The Spotlight
He's also set to face-off against Deadpool next year as Ajax.
Memories from Comic-Con 2015 may be centred around 'Suicide Squad' and 'Batman v Superman', but let's not forget what Marvel had in store this year; namely 'Deadpool' starring Ryan Reynolds and Ed Skrein. Wait, who was that last one?
Ed Skrein to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool'
'Who is Ed Skrein?' is the question on a lot of people's lips after his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con International. Ryan Reynolds may not be such a surprise to play Deadpool, given his comic-book movie history ('Green Lantern', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', 'Blade: Trinity'), but an unfamiliar face linked to his arch-nemesis Ajax has just added to the excitement.
Continue reading: Is The 'Transporter' Just The Beginning For Ed Skrein?
Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ has taken the box office top spot this weekend.
Melissa McCarthy's Spy has come out on top at the US box office this weekend after taking an estimated $30 million in theatres between Friday and Sunday. The comedy stars McCarthy as a secret agent tasked with stopping an arms dealer from selling a nuclear weapon in her first big assignment.
Melissa McCarthy has impressed critics and movie-goers with Spy.
The comedy has gained positive reviews from critics and so far holds a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is McCarthy’s third collaboration with director Paul Feig who previously worked with the actress on 2011’s Bridesmaids and 2013 comedy The Heat. Overseas Spy has so far made $25.6 million in 54 markets, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $86.5 million.
The ace partnership between filmmaker Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy evolves into something formidable with this raucous action comedy, which simultaneously spoofs the espionage genre and provides some genuine thrills. From ensemble player (Bridesmaids) to costar (The Heat) and now to the star of the show, McCarthy finds a role worthy of her talents, subverting rather than exploiting her distinct physicality.
She plays Susan Cooper, a desk-jockey at the CIA who works with the field agents, guiding them by radio link through their dangerous paces. When star spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is taken out of service and all other top agents have their covers blown, the boss (Allison Janney) has little choice but to send the well-trained Susan into the field to take down the villainous arms dealer Rayna (Rose Byrne). With her best pal Nancy (Miranda Hart) as her office-bound helper, Susan gets into a series of disguises and travels to Paris, Rome and then Budapest. And despite the constant attempts of rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) to "help" her, Susan gets ever closer to Rayna and her gangster buyer Sergio (Bobby Cannavale).
The relatively simple plot is overcrowded with characters and subplots that add absurd layers of humour to the film, almost all of which are genuinely hilarious. Best of all, none of the laughs come at the expense of Susan, a capable, smart, witty woman who's the perfect alter ego for McCarthy (and certainly much more engaging than her obnoxious-slob persona in The Heat or Tammy). She has terrific chemistry with all of her costars, flirting shamelessly with the Bond-like Law, an amusingly swaggering Statham and especially the purringly hysterical Byrne. As always, the great Janney steals every one of her few scenes. Less effective is an extended goofy cameo by Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, who at least shows willing to dive into some ridiculous comedy. There's also another terrific foil in Susan's local contact Aldo, played with leering, opportunistic relish by Peter Sarafinowicz.
Continue reading: Spy Review
Could Jason Statham play James Bond?
Jason Statham, the British actor currently starring in Paul Feig's secret agent romp Spy, has thrown his hat in the ring to play James Bond. Daniel Craig is believed to have two more 007 movies left on his contract - including this year's Spectre - and numerous actors have expressed their interest in the role.
Jason Statham is currently starring in Paul Feig's Spy
"Could I do it? Abso-f*cking-lutely," he told the Guardian when quizzed on the Bond role. "Would I do it? Abso-f*cking-lutely. Is Daniel Craig a great Bond? Abso-f*cking-lutely."
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Melissa McCarthy made a name for herself in 'Bridesmaids', and is now getting a chance to hold a movie up on her name alone.
Melissa McCarthy's new action-comedy 'Spy' marks a leap in her career from supporting goofball (she was Oscar nominated for 'Bridesmaids') to co-lead (alongside Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat') and now to carrying a major blockbuster on her own shoulders. It's no coincidence that all three of these movies are directed by Paul Feig, a filmmaker who has long thought that more films should be centred on strong, funny women.
Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'
McCarthy grew up in Illinois, and describes her family as "a bunch of funny men who think women are really funny. I didn't grow up with a sense that people thought any differently."
Continue reading: 'Spy' Is Melissa McCarthy's Big Break Out
Game of Thrones star Ed Skrein takes the lead in Transporter Refuelled
After monopolising dangerous driving, kick-ass fighting and moody expressions in the first three The Transporter movies, Jason Statham has handed over the reins to Game of Thrones favourite, Ed Skrein for The Transporter Refuelled.
Set as a prequel to the existing trilogy, Skrein will take on the role of Frank Martin as the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy.
Date of birth
26th July, 1967
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