Despite his action-packed roles in blockbuster movies, Jason Statham remains a somewhat elusive person. He’s made a many a girl swoon and brought out the green-eyed monster in lots of guys, but there’s more to this British heartthrob than meets the eye…
Here are 12 interesting, little-known facts about Jason Statham. Did you know about these or have you got any insider information that you’d like to share?
He started off as a model
Statham’s modelling career took off when he was signed up to model for French Connection.
He did voiceovers for Call of Duty
When this classic game first came out in 2003, Jason did the voiceover for Sergeant Waters.
He’s married to a British model/actress who’s 20 years younger
This isn’t news, but in 2010 Jason managed to charm Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who is 20 years his junior. They became engaged in 2016 and Rosie gave birth to their son in June 2017.
He loves soccer
Despite living across The Pond, Jason Statham follows the British soccer league and loves kicking a ball around when he has the time.
He’s also a chess fan
Statham has an ongoing chess war with Guy Richie. They may not be chess masters, but they both love trying to check mate the other!
He almost died when filming The Expendables 3
Athletic Jason performed many of his own stunts in The Expendables 3, but shooting in Bulgaria almost cost him his life when he found himself trapped under water.
He once starred in a Kit Kat commercial!
He’s the shortest of The Expendables’ cast
At only 5ft 8in, Jason is the shortest of The Expendables’ cast!
It took him 3 tries to get his driver’s permit
He may be seen racing around in his movies, but in real-life it took him 3 attempts to pass his driver’s permit…
He’d love to play James Bond
Lots of actors dream of playing 007 and Jason has always said he’d love to step into Bond’s shoes!
At 51, he looks really young for his age!
He was selected to represent Team GB
Before blasting onto our screens in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham was part of the British diving squad and came 8th in the 1990 Commonwealth Games!