Jason Statham - who is currently doing the rounds to promote The Mechanic 2: Resurrection - was hounded with questions from reporters asking for his take on the Fast 8 beef currently occurring (and seemingly never ending) between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin "Candyass" Diesel. Always the diplomat, Statham wasn't going to get embroiled in any of the controversy, tacitly responding that:
"I stay out of any bickering or any troubles that people have. I have nothing to do with it and I don't want any part of it."
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Whilst Jason Statham and The Rock are known to be good friends, Statham wouldn't throw Vin Diesel under the bus as a result, saying:
"Look, Dwayne's his own man and what he says he's entitled to say in his own way. And what he wants to say – you've got to ask him."
Sorry press, but Statham isn't willing to play your game. This latest exchange is another example of his no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point perspective on life, friendship and movies. This total lack of bullshit on his part reflects the characters in his films: keen to get the job done, to do the right thing, and not low enough to comment on things that have little to do with him. This is absolutely consistent with what he has said throughout his illustrious career.
On His Career
With a few comic turns here and there, Statham is primarily an action actor, whether he is working with a team on a big franchise hit, or fronting his own modest b-movie. Statham realises that his films, due to the genre that they are in, are never going to be critical masterpieces, stating that:
"You ain't ever gonna get an Academy Award for doing Crank and you certainly won't for doing all the other movies I've done."
Here he is not so much disparaging his films as being realistic about their expectations. Although wouldn't you want to see him in Oscar bait? Statham-by-the-sea?
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Championing The Little Guys
Statham performs most of his own stunts, yet for his most difficult, dangerous work, stunt doubles are used. He has been particularly vocal over the years about them getting the recognition they deserve, advocating they have their own category in the Oscars:
"I think it is an overlooked category... I mean, all of the stunt men—these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts].”
On His Dashed Olympic Dreams
Before Statham was a movie star, he was diver for the British National Team, even competing in the commonwealth games in 1990. When asked why he didn't go for the Olympics, his response is perfectly Statham-ish:
"I thought, 'Fuck it, I've got to waste another four years training? You know what? Nah."
What a blessing to us that Statham couldn't be bothered to train, becoming an action hero instead. How did it happen?
Statham On Landing His First Role
Statham was peddling stolen goods at a fair in London when Guy Ritchie went up to him and asked him to be in his movie Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - a scene recreated at the very start of the movie. A star was born:
"I stopped diving, sat down, didn't do much for a while, and then I got a part in a film. I was like, 'Fucking how the hell did this happen?'
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