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It Came From My Archives…Why We Like: Jason Statham

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. The Why We Like was the first in a tentpole blog series I tried out for the Current_Movies/Rotten Tomatoes Show blog. From Current_Movies Blog.

Most know Jason Statham for his ability to instantly make any film incredible, but few are aware the man can actually–when he wants to–act. The Reeler spoke to Statham a while back with the idea that maybe it was time for him to continue the break-out work that got him noticed in Snatch.

“It’s nice to branch out…I don’t want to put the same record on the record player. People get too tired of that; it’s like eating the same food for dinner every day. It gets bland. For the sake of my own interests and the sake of expanding on my ability as an actor, I want to do roles like this and roles like London but not forget the bread and butter for me and the stuff that plays to a different strength of mine. That’s the action genre, and I love that, and I’ve always loved it.”

Of course, Statham was talking about his then-recent release The Bank Job. This was followed by clearly meaty thespian roles he found inDeath Race, Transporter 3 and now this Friday with the release of Crank: High Voltage. At the same time, he has made a complete mockery of his action roles by showing up as a bit cameo in The Pink Panther remake to simply be shot.

The shocking trick with Statham is that he is utterly captivating, whether it is running around shirtless covered in oil or–in the clip above–with a full head of hair as he comes to terms with being so “masculine.” He has a keen eye and a sense of self that comes across in his roles that allow the viewer to understand that they are watching something horribly gaudy. But at the same time, it is earnest and clearly he is vested in the role–even as the overtly pushed Ladies Man of The Italian Job remake, Jason Statham is perfect driving in fast cars and charming those around him.

To be quite frank, we’re the most excited about him participating in 13, Géla Babluani’s remake of his 2005 film 13 Tzameti. Sure, it may involve a gun and countless games of Russian Roulette, but it’ll bring us something even better: Statham’s wild intensity that is usually wasted on over-the-top action sequences instead of the close-quarters sequences where he once dominated in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.


Written by john lichman

September 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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