Jason Statham is no stranger to movie franchises, starting with The Transporter movies and continuing with The Expendables series, which has a third installment in the works that is looking to add even more action movie stars. Statham's latest, the action thriller Parker, opens today, and could be yet another franchise for the British action star. After all, the character of Parker has been the subject of 24 novels from the late author Donald E. Westlake, which means that there could be plenty Parker movies if audiences respond positively.
A career criminal, Parker sticks to a moral code that means he doesn't steal from the poor or hurt innocent people but has no problem resorting to violence if someone deserves it (see both Lee Marvin and Mel Gibson's portrayal of the character in 1967's Point Blank and 1999's Payback, respectively, for more info). In Parker, the anti-hero is betrayed by his crew and left for dead, so he heads to Palm Beach, Florida, seeking revenge and taking their next heist for himself as well. The movie looks like a perfect opportunity for Statham, an actor who seems uniquely dedicated to making nothing but action movies. But how much do you know about Statham's career? If you've got eight hours, we can make you a Statham expert. time for the "essential statham" >> Posted 01.25.13 by Ryan
Via the LA Times blog, we've learned that bad-ass deliveryman Frank Martin (as played by Jason Statham), is gay. Or at least he was in Transporter 2, according to that installment's director, Louis Leterrier. Which makes us wonder if his supposed love interest in Transporter 3, red-headed Russian giantess Natalya Rudakova, is even more available than her rather spartan IMDb profile would suggest. No upcoming roles for this beauty? Come on, Hollywood, put her to work! Posted 12.02.08 by reelz
Familiarity, it seems, is the spice of life for Jason Statham. When he isn't collaborating with fellow Brit Guy Ritchie, everyone's favorite second-tier action star is busy making sequels to his previous works. Today, Variety reports that Statham has signed on for Transporter 3, the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of of badass Eurotrash courier Frank Martin. Louis Leterrier, the French director who helmed the first two Transporter flicks, won't be returning for a third round of car chases and gunfights, however. Instead, the aptly-named Olivier Megaton has been placed in charge of choreographing the chaos.
This April, Statham begins production on Crank 2: High Voltage, the follow-up to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's non-stop
video game action flick Crank.
Source: Variety Posted 02.25.08 by reelz