Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM (Jensen Ames) 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 Sports Centre in London, film
crews and photographers pursued him as a 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. Statham 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 U.S. music star Ja
Rule, followed by a role in the sci-fi film Ghosts of Mars and The One, with Jet Li.
In 2002, Luc Besson cast Statham 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 in Crank. Statham
returned as Frank Martin in Transporter 2 and reteamed with Jet Li in War. He was
recently seen in Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job, which opened No. 1 in the U.S. and
the U.K., the true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery, a story of intrigue, scandal
and danger. Statham will next star in Transporter 3, out this Thanksgiving, and Crank 2:
High Voltage, reprising his iconic role as Chev Chelios.
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