S is for...Statham, Jason Statham
So years back I was on holiday in Miami, Florida. It would have been roughly 2004. I know this because, Transporter 2 came out in 2005, and I watched part of it being filmed at the Bayside Marketplace in Miami.
It is one of my favourite memories. Statham is an absolute hero of mine. I used to watch Lock Stock, and Snatch constantly as a kid. To be that close and in that environment whilst a project he was working on was being filmed, all by chance, was just class.
We sat down whilst one of the scenes was being filmed. Just in case we were in shot we had to act like diners in the food court. Basically, there is a scene where there is a chase going through the mall. So we were supposed to act all startled when all the commotion kicked off. I totally zoned out and didn’t do it, I was proper delayed. The crew guy that we were sat with ribbed me for it: saying something like
“You were slow man.”
I can’t remember exactly what he said. I guess I was just proper star struck and spinning out a bit. We didn’t stay there for ages, we were on holiday. But truth be told, I could have easily stayed there all day, just watching.
In the following days, we saw the crew again filming another scene on the streets. A car chase scene. We were driving across town, so that’s pretty much all we saw.
I briefly briefly think I remember seeing Statham. I more clearly remember seeing Jason Flemyng who plays Tom in Lock Stock. Which I was excited to see as well, because he is cool too.
But yeah, back to Statham, seeing as this is about Statham. The man is a beast. I, like a lot of people, first discovered him through Lock Stock. But the thing that I was more impressed by was to learn that he was a competitive diver. When I learnt that it all made a lot of sense to me. I started to think about film and acting really differently because of Statham. It’s all about discipline and work ethic. That’s why he’s an inspiration to me. Because he works his fucking balls off. The man can do loads of shit. He’s in excellent shape and that in itself is just cool.
I say this about a lot of people, because I’m right. But, if you don’t like Jason Statham’s work, you can go fuck yourself. Because he’s class. He’s talented and he’s funny as shit!!
So, I was on holiday a while back in New York with Trace. We were just doing the New York thing, checking out all the shit, but wanted to go and watch a film in one of the big movie theatres. So we went to, I think, one of the AMC theatres. Which is massive. Not only that, but the seats are commmmmmmfffffffyyyyyyy!!!! So we went to watch Spy. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out big time. Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham. Class, class, class and class!
Anyways, the theatre was pretty much dead. There must have been like 8 of us in there. Trace and I sat at the back. Aaaaaawwwwwrrriiiiggghhhtt!!!
But the point was, in Spy there is some piss funny Statham moments. Which we were fucking creasing at. But the Americans just did not find it funny at all. I mean if they did, it was no where near as funny as we found it.
You need to watch it.
Long may Statham make films. He is a demon. All hail mighty Jason!
Something Statham Said
"I make a habit out of doing things that people say I can't do: Walk through fire, waterski blindfolded, take up piano at a late age." - Playing Rick Ford in Spy
Anything from a Statham film!