Jason Statham may be a muscle-bound action movie star in the peak years of an already impressive movie career but even he has regrets.
Every movie star’s CV is features the occasional dud but while movies like 2000’s Turn It Up alongside Ja Rule or Uwe Boll’s In The Name Of The King are missteps Statham would rather forget, you have to go back to the early 1990s to finish the action star’s biggest regret.
It dates back to a time long before Statham even considered himself an actor and long before he embarked on a career as a model or even street seller.
Because there was a time when Statham tried to make it as something altogether different: a diver. Statham first took up diving during his school years and had dreams of winning Gold at the Olympics.
Practising on a daily basis in an attempt to perfect his technique, he was even a member of of Britain’s National Diving Squad and eventually competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Statham entered the 10 m platform, 1 m springboard and 3 m springboard events, with his efforts still available for fans to watch on YouTube – though he probably wishes that wasn’t the case.
Those Commonwealth Games, held in Auckland, New Zealand, proved disappointing from start to finish for the young Statham and, to this day, he cites that period of his life as providing arguably the biggest regret of his lengthy and varied career.
“It’s a bit of a sore point I never got to the Olympics,” he told The Press Association.
“I just heard they got seven million or something for the diving per year. They deserve it. The divers we’ve got now are just terrific.”
Statham has never been under any allusions as to where he went wrong, either.
“I started too late. It probably wasn’t my thing. I should have done a different sport.”
Still, something positive did come out of his sporting career.
In the wake of the Games he was spotted training at London’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre by modelling agency specialising in athletic wear.
That led to more work on TV adverts and modelling before finally being spotted by Guy Ritchie. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.