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.
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.
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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."
Continue reading: Spy? Jason Statham Throws Hat in the Ring to Play James Bond
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
Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham - 'Spy' U.K. film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square at The Odeon,Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 27th May 2015
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.
Despite being the seventh addition in the franchise, 'Furious 7' opened to the highest box-office for the first week in the franchise.
In less than a week, the seventh film in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has passed $500 million at the global box office, and doesn't look likely to slow down until the end of the month, when 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' arrives. 'Furious 7' is poised to not only maintain its dominance on box office charts, but the movie is certain to become 2015's biggest hit next weekend when it passes the global total earned by 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ($566 million). And it hasn't opened yet in major markets like China, Russia or Japan.
Dwayne Johnson in 'Furious 7'
In North America, 'Furious 7' had the fourth best opening of all time, after two 'Harry Potter films' and 'The Avengers'. In the UK, 'Furious 7' opened bigger than any 2014 release, and has already outgrossed the lifetime UK totals of all previous films in the franchise.
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Homer's 'Odyssey' will be adapted into a movie by the team behind 'The Hunger Games' trilogy. We asked a group of Classics students which actor would play Odysseus in their ideal film and selected the top six choices.
Homer's Odyssey finally has the epic (pun more definitely intended) directing, writing and producing team it deserves. Fresh from working on The Hunger Games trilogy, Francis Lawrence is set to direct, Peter Craig to write and Nina Jacobson to produce the upcoming film.
Sean Bean was top of the list of ideal actors to play Odysseus.
Continue reading: Homer's 'Odyssey' Adaptation: 6 Actors Who Would Be Perfect As Odysseus
For their seventh adventure, the Fast & Furious cast and crew continue to outdo themselves with mind-boggling stunt driving and outrageous action mayhem, this time infusing everything with emotion as a way of honouring late actor Paul Walker. The rip-roaring pace and more internalised drama combine effectively to create a riotous thrill ride that might actually bring a lump to the throat. Even if it's all utterly preposterous, it's solidly entertaining.
Things pick up right where Part 6 left off, with former black-ops killer Deckerd Shaw (Jason Statham, who else?) determined to avenge his fallen brother. As he tracks them down, Dominic and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) have reassembled their team (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) to take a job with shady government agent Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell). Their target is the even shadier villain Jakanda (Djimon Hounsou), who has kidnapped a genius hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) to get his hands on her all-seeing gadget. But Shaw is on their trail as they track Jakanda to the mountains of Azerbaijan, and he interrupts their mission there as well as in the deserts of Abu Dhabi and the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
The double-edged premise offers all kinds of opportunity for plot twists, but of course the main point of these movies is to create increasingly insane set-pieces. This time, the film opens with Brian explaining to his young son that cars can't fly, after which director James Wan proves otherwise, flinging our heroes' hot rods into the sky from airplanes, tower blocks and cliff tops. Amazingly, they seem able to steer even in mid-air! But never mind, it looks so painfully cool that there's little do do but sit back and enjoy the chaos, knowing that even though a flashy vehicle is destroyed every minute, there's a newer, more awesome car coming in the next scene.
Continue reading: Furious 7 Review
Jason Statham may be playing essentially the same character he always plays, but this noir-style thriller has a somewhat groovier tone thanks to the Las Vegas setting and a scruffy William Goldman script. It's also directed with wit and energy by Simon West, who keeps everything moving very briskly. Although not fast enough for us to miss the fact that it's all rather thin and pointless.
As always, Statham is a former black-ops agent whose jaded, frazzled exterior obscures his fighting-fit action moves. His name this time is Nick Wild, and he works as a bodyguard for wealthy clients like Cyrus (Michael Angarano), who needs protection as he visits Vegas casinos with vast sums of money. He also has a lot to learn from Nick about gambling and wants to learn some of those action moves too. Meanwhile, Nick's ex-girlfriend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) asks him to help her get revenge against the swaggering gangster Donny (Milo Vengimiglia), who kidnapped and viciously terrorised her. Nick knows that getting even with Donny will put him on a collision course with mob kingpin Baby (Stanley Tucci), but he can't resist a challenge.
Nick is one of those characters who can't resist much. He's addicted to high-stakes blackjack, life-threatening confrontations and his own seedy poverty. So clearly the goal of the screenplay is to find some sort of uneasy redemption. Statham has played this role before in his sleep, so he looks almost bored here, which makes him vaguely intriguing. His gimmick this time is an ability to turn everyday objects into lethal weapons, including a seriously nasty moment with a pair of hedge clippers. It also helps that the film is packed with colourful scene-stealers who add plenty of badly needed spark, including a ripped Ventimiglia and the reliably wonderful Tucci, plus lively cameos from the likes of Sofia Vergara and Anne Heche.
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Date of birth
26th July, 1967