Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM was one of the best divers on the British 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, who was also executive producer of a film in preparation, LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. Jason had a meeting with the director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him a role. He went on to work with Ritchie again in his next film SNATCH, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro.
Next came TURN IT UP with US music star Ja Rule, followed by a role in the sci-fi film GHOSTS OF MARS. Jet Li's THE ONE was Jason's first collaboration with producer Steven Chasman, before he joined Vinnie Jones in MEAN MACHINE for Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. In 2002 he was cast in the title role of Frank Martin in THE TRANSPORTER. He starred as Handsome Rob in the summer 2003 blockbuster remake of THE ITALIAN JOB and as the adrenaline-compromised action hero of CRANK. His collaboration with producer Chasman has continued through TRANSPORTER II and CHAOS. THE BANK JOB is their sixth film together.
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