This may be controversial, but I actually think Jason Statham is reaching iconic status semi-comparable to that of Chuck Norris. He's in movies for one reason and one reason only... to wreck people's plans of not getting their ass kicked. He's a badass by trade who constantly has his settings for life on Badass Mode.
It's pretty hard to believe he's 47-years-old! He's been doing the damn thing for years, and I don't see him stopping any time soon.
Here he is on the cover of Esquire:
He had a few classic Statham quotables in his interview with the magazine, in it's "Fun Issue." Check these out...
On going from action movies to comedy with Spy, also starring Melissa McCarthy:
“I’ve always been apprehensive about trying to do a f–king comedy, because they’re either brilliant or they’re f–king terrible. At least in making an action film, there’s always going to be someone who wants to see a car chase. Even if a lot of the people don’t like it, there will be a lot of people that do. But bad comedy is just garbage. But this works, and I give a lot of the credit—or all of the fucking credit—to Paul and the writing.”
On working with trained actors:
“It doesn’t annoy me, but it can be a little pretentious. So people warming up their vocal chords before a take, going ‘Meh, meh, meh’? Sometimes I want to remind them, at the end of the day, they’re just pretending to be somebody else. I’m used to selling fucking jewelry on the street. There’s no pretense there.”
Wow, for some reason this quote makes absolute and perfect sense. Way too badss!
And on his love for movies:
“I’ve always f–king loved movies. My mom and dad used to show me films—Cool Hand Luke, The Great Escape, all the Burt Lancaster movies. Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson. Even musicals. My mom made sure I saw plenty of Gene Kelly.”
Keep crushing skulls and running the game Jason... you're pretty damn good at it.