Jason Statham has become one of Hollywood’s go-to action stars. Whether he’s an assassin in The Mechanic or a mercenary in The Expendables, Statham always has high-energy, exciting roles. Get to know one of our favorite action stars a little more with these fun facts:
1. He’s a champion diver.
He was a member of the British National Diving Team and competed in the Olympics and in the World Championship, where he finished 12th in 1992.
2. He does his own stunts.
In the movie The Transporter, Statham did nearly all of his own stunts, including the fight scenes, diving scene, and car action scenes.
3. He was a model.
His career got started after he was discovered by a model scout, and appeared in campaigns for Levi Strauss and the French Connection. He often scowled instead of smiled, which got the attention of director Guy Ritchie who cast him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
4. He has a famous voice.
Video game enthusiasts should recognize his voice. Jason Statham is the voice of Sgt. Waters in the game Call of Duty. He also played Shrike in Red Faction II.
5. He plays chess.
He’s pretty used to calling “Checkmate!” Jason Statham enjoys playing chess, and even plays Guy Ritchie for money.
6. He's good at soccer.
Jason Statham loves playing soccer, and even joined the Hollywood United Football Club to play amateur soccer for a while.
7. He shows up in some surprising places.
'90s music video enthusiasts might remember Jason Statham for his cameos in some videos, including Erasure’s “Run to the Sun.”
8. He’s a groom-to-be.
Jason Statham and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recently announced their engagement.
9. He's had some close calls.
While filming the Expendables and doing his own stunts, Jason had a few scary moments. He was the gunner on a plane in one scene, and after they finished shooting, the pilot realized that the engine had been leaking. It’s lucky they made it out safely!
10. He's an illustrated man.
Comic book authors look to Statham for inspiration. Rumor has it, writer Brian Michael Bendis had illustrator Mark Bagley make the villain Vulture in The Ultimate Spider-Man resemble him.
Want more Jason Statham? Tune into The Mechanic Saturday, Mar. 19, at 1:30 p.m. on USA Network!
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