Actor JASON STATHAM joins the new generation of young action heroes in the Twentieth Century
Fox feature The Transporter, written specially for him by Luc Besson. Directed by Hong Cong
born Cory Yuen, one of the world's foremost action directors. The Transporter is about Frank
Martin a man who lives a quiet life on the French Mediterranean, who is a "transporter," someone
who moves goods (human or otherwise) no questions asked. He follows three rules: 1. Never
change the deal 2. No names 3. Never look in the package. When he breaks the third rule, he
is faced with a new companion, shocking secrets and deadly complications.
Statham was born in Sydenham, England and came into the acting profession in a most
unconventional manner. His parents' first love was entertaining, they moved around England
finding a better way to make a living. They ran "mock auctions," a major street con. By the time
he was nine, he was surrounded by an unsavory group of characters, gangsters and con
artists, and found he was very good at the "con" game. Selling counterfeit goods and products that
didn't make the grade proved to be the initial training grounds for Statham's street theater.
As a teenager he became interested in sports and became a high diving competitor, traveling
abroad and making the cut for the Great Britain diving team. He placed third in the Olympic trials
on three different occasions, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the
famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued
him as new talent for commercials and print campaigns. One of those jobs was a French
Connection print ad where he met the owner of the company. The owner showed an interest and
it turned out he was the executive producer of an upcoming film who introduced him to director,
Guy Ritchie. The film was Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Ritchie found in Statham, not just
an actor, but more importantly someone who could play a role that he lived, a street-con.
He was encouraged by Ritchie to improvise, as the director wanted honesty.
Shortly after Statham's film debut, Ritchie cast him again in the gangster film Snatch as a boxing
promoter starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. After the shoot, executive producer
Matthew Vaughn brought Statham to Los Angeles and introduced him to an American agent and
he was well on his way. He also co-starred in the sci-fi action thriller The One opposite Jet Li for
Sony/Revolution as well as the Paramount Classic's film The Mean Machine. The role was not a
stretch for Statham, who was a natural born athlete and who studied boxing and martial arts.
Most recently he was seen co-starring with Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton in The Italian Job
for Paramount Pictures and directed by F. Gary Gray. The film is about a gang of robbers who
create the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history, giving them time to pull off a theft of gold
Statham recently completed filming the feature Chaos opposite Ryan Philliippe and Wesley
Snipes. He is currently shooting the sequel Transporter 2, and then will star in Guy Ritchie's
upcoming film Revolver.
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