Many in the nerd community received a slap to the face hearing someone they may have admired talk down to their favorite films' actors. In my mind I can't help but wonder what audience Statham thinks is attending his films if not the same one who attends the Marvel films?
Well, days if not hours after he was rumored for a role within the Marvel Universe, specifically in Daredevil for the role of Bullseye, the actor pulled out his dagger and jammed it in the backs of the Marvel actors:
"The fascination is superheroes, it's what people want to go and see but you wouldn't get me rushing to the cinema to see those. I like the old-fashioned type of film. They've never offered me a part in one of those and I don't think the shoes would fit. Or the cape wouldn't fit!"
"I could take my grandma and put her in a cape, and they'll put her on a green screen, and they'll have stunt doubles come in and do all the action," Statham replied. "Anybody can do it."
I find the biggest problem to be that Statham hasn't been in a superhero film, and i can't imagine he has a full understanding of the potential discomforts of doing motion capture or being an actor in these Marvel films. In the first Avenegrs Mark Ruffalo described his performance as limited, limited by the vice his face was locked into while he had to do his performances. Sure, that might be different than jumping off a two story building onto an inflated bag, but it's not too often action stars are putting themselves into harm's way.
Mark Ruffalo had a response for Jason Statham in an interview with Vulture:
"I mean, do you really need to ask that question? It's Jason Statham," he joked. "He's like a featherweight. He's got nothing on me! Clearly."
I'm sure the nerd community can't wait for more people to voice a defense for the comments Statham has made, but right now Hollywood just so happens to be taking endless pot shots at the entire genre, so we might not get to see it.
My defense are actors like Chris Evans or Christian Bale, and others like them, who have to build up their bodies for their roles, and maintain them. Sure, they get paid a lot to live in the gym and eat hamburgers without the buns, but I really find it difficult to believe Jason Statham's performances are miles beyond that. I also take issue with an action star who seems to be fixated on simply his simple action rather than a solid performance, which we often get from these Marvel actors. So pick your poison, great action from a sufficient actor, or sufficient action from great actors. I'll take great actors.