Hot Men: Jason Statham
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Track Record: The Stath spent time training under former F1 champ Damon Hill for the movie The Italian Job and starred as a pro-driver three times in The Transporter saga, but ironically failed his driving test three times in real life!
Don’t Hold Your Breath: Our Jason is a real action man and for 12 years was an Olympic diver for the British National Diving Team. He finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992.
The French Connection: Statham got his big break as a model for French Connection, meeting director Guy Ritchie just after his first shoot. Ritchie then cast him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Soldier Statham: The tough guy lent his vocals to not one, but two action video games, as Sgt Waters in Call of Duty, and then in THQ’s Red Faction II.
Checkmate: Jason is an avid chess fan and loves playing on set in between filming. He beats his co-stars all the time, and claims Guy Ritchie still owes him some money from previous matches.
Cheeky Chap: Statham’s on-screen charm and smooth talking was learned from his parents, who he says introduced him to the art of street hustling. He used to sell dodgy goods and questionable jewellery to unassuming London tourists.
Social Justice: Jason believes that stunt men should have their own Oscar category, saying recently: “All of the stunt men – nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncey actors pretending they’re doing the stunts.” Meow!
INFO: See Jason in action thriller Homefront in UAE cinemas now