Jason Statham Gets Revenge and Jennifer Lopez Strips Down in First Trailer for Parker
10.05.12 by Ryan
Statham gets revenge, attempts an accent.
The character of career criminal Parker has made it to the big screen on several occasions, though never exactly under the same name. Created by the late author Donald E. Westlake, Parker was the protagonist of 24 novels Westlake wrote under the pseudonym of Richard Stark, the character of Parker was called Walker in 1967's Point Blank (and portrayed by Lee Marvin) and was called Porter when Mel Gibson played him in 1999's Payback, though both movies were based on the same book, Westlake's first "Parker" novel, The Hunter. In Parker, the character gets his original name back (even if no one is sure it's his real name in the first place), and is based on a different Westlake novel, Flashfire.
Ostensibly, the storyline remains the same, however. Like the other cinematic incarnations of the character, Parker, this time played by Jason Statham, has again been left for dead by his criminal partners and is looking to get revenge. "He’s a man who lives by a certain moral code," Statham told EW of the character, who can now be seen in the movie's first trailer. "He’s involved in criminal activities but he perceives all business to be in some way crooked. He never steals from people he feels can’t afford it and he doesn’t hurt people that don’t deserve it. So there’s a likeable quality to this anti-hero."
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In case you missed it, that was Statham using a Texas accent, an element of disguise that Statham says is prominent in the movie. "Parker adopts a couple of misleading disguises and that’s why you see me in a Stetson," said Statham. "They got me [dressed up] as a priest as well. I’m full of surprises in this film."
Just for a point of comparison, we thought we'd offer the trailers to some of Parker's (or Walker's or Porter's or whatever) other cinematic adventures as well. Enjoy the trailers for Point Blank and Payback as well as 1974's The Outfit, starring Robert DuVall as Earl Macklin in an adaptation of Westlake's third "Parker" novel.
Adapted by John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray, Proof of Life), Parker co-stars NIck Nolte (Warrior) and Michael Chiklis (CBS' Vegas).