He started out as a competitive diver for Great Britain, became a black market salesman, then landed a role in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Jason Statham hasn’t looked back since that cockney crime flick in 1998. His driver-for-hire Frank Martin in The Transporter put him on Hollywood’s map, transforming him into Britain’s number one hard-nut action star.
He’s back in action this week, starring in a sequel to his remake of The Mechanic, titled Mechanic: Resurrection. This time around The Stath’s Arthur Bishop sees the love of his life Gina (Jessica Alba) kidnapped, and to get her back he needs to complete three impossible assassinations.
With the Statham screen comeback on the cards, now feels like as good a time as any to revisit the action legend’s career to date. Loaded’s decided to do it a little differently, though – here’s The Stath through the medium of GIFs…
The Stath has a smoke in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
The mad, flying goalkeeper on Vinnie Jones vehicle Mean Machine
Forty licks with Natalya Rudakova in The Transporter 3
Delivering one big f**k you in Crank: High Voltage
Playing a game of ‘darts’ with Wesley Snipes for The Expendables 3
Doing his best James Bond impression for Parker
Walking away from an explosion in true Stath fashion for Fast & Furious 7
Screwing up in style in espionage comedy Spy