THE EXPENDABLES 2
Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM (Lee Christmas) was one of the top
divers on the British team; 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 and he eventually met the executive
producer of the film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998). Statham then
met with director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him his first role. He went on to work
with Ritchie again in "Snatch" (2000), starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio
Del Toro. Statham was cast by Luc Besson in the title role of 'Frank Martin' in
"The Transporter" (2002). He starred as 'Handsome Rob' in the summer blockbuster
remake of "The Italian Job" (2003), and as the adrenaline-compromised action
hero of "Crank" (2006). Statham returned as 'Frank Martin' in "Transporter 2"
(2006) and "Transporter 3" (2008), and also starred in Roger Donaldson's "The
Bank Job" (2008), the critically acclaimed true story of the 1971 Baker Street
bank robbery, and in the Universal Pictures remake of "Death Race" (2008).
He next reprised the role of 'Chev Chelios' in "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009)
and then teamed up with some of the world's biggest fellow action stars for
"Sylvester Stallone's" "The Expendables" (2010), followed by the remake of "The
Mechanic" (2011), which originally starred Charles Bronson as the profession hit
man 'Arthur Bishop.' Statham filled the shoes of Ken Bruen's creation of
'British Detective Brant' in the adaptation of the UK crime thriller "Blitz"
(2011), Statham was recently seen in "Killer Elite" (2011) based on the true
story written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and "Safe" (2012)" directed by Boaz Yakin
and produced by Lawrence Bender. He most recently wrapped production on "Parker"
with Jennifer Lopez and directed by Taylor Hackford, as well as Steven Knight's
directorial debut, "Hummingbird."
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