Jason Statham Reveals His Tender Side in The Expendables 2
08.17.12 by BJSprecher
Unlike some actors who feel the need to distance themselves from the action hero roles that made them famous by appearing in romantic comedies — we're looking at you, Gerard Butler — British tough-guy Jason Statham has never strayed very far from the roles that have been his bread and butter since first appearing as Bacon in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But, just because Statham has made a name for himself playing surly ass-kickers, that doesn't mean that his characters are all one-dimensional. Case in point: Statham is one of the few tough-guys in The Expendables 2 who actually has a love interest (Charisma Carpenter), which allowed him to reveal his tender side.
Statham recently sat down to discuss returning as "tender" Lee Christmas in the sequel to The Expendables with our very own Jeremy Parsons. An action movie aficionado as well as an action icon in his own right, Statham revealed that he is a "massive Bruce Lee fan" and that he could watch Enter the Dragon "ten times a day" and "never tire" of watching it.
The Expendables 2 was directed by Simon West (Con Air), from a screenplay by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone. The testosterone-fueled sequel to The Expendables finds the team — Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), with new recruits Bill "The Kid" Timmons (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) in tow — on a mission into hostile territory after the seemingly simple job they are contracted to perform for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) results in the death of one of their own at the hands of rival mercenary Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Scott Adkins, Charisma Carpenter and Chuck Norris also star.