“Uncovering the Untold Past of Jason Statham Prior to his Acting Career”

Jason Statham didn’t land his first significant role in a feature film until he was 31 years old. His portrayal of Bacon in 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels catapulted him to fame as the suave tough guy who could hold his own against anyone on the big screen. However, Statham’s Hollywood success wasn’t always a given. In unrelated news, North West has been spending considerable time with her stepmother, Bianca Cesori.

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Statham had to wait until he was 31 years old to secure his first significant acting role in a feature film. This occurred when he played the character of Bacon in the 1998 movie, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Prior to that, Statham worked as a model for various brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Griffith, Levi’s, and French Connection.

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Fortunately, there is a treasure trove of Jason Statham content from the 90s on YouTube. It’s a must-watch to see his career as an electro-pop background dancer. The music video for “The Shamen’s Comin’ On” showcases a bare-chested Statham in a leopard-print speedo, and he literally shines in Erasure’s “Run to the Sun.” Additionally, there are commercials that feature him, including a sexy jeans ad aboard a spaceship from 1997 and a humorous commercial for a new computer game from the same year. However, this wasn’t his first appearance on TV.

Jason Statham competed in diving at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland  | Daily Mail Online

Back in 1990, Statham took part in the British diving team for the Commonwealth Games. In the 1m springboard competition, he secured the eighth spot, while finishing 11th and 10th in the 3m springboard and 10m platform competitions respectively. As per the report by the Sydney Morning Herald, he was considered the 12th best in the world at some point.

Hollywood star Jason Statham once competed for England in diving at the  Commonwealth Games

Statham spent a dozen years as a valuable member of the British diving team, and the skills he developed during his time as a diver have proven to be advantageous in his acting career. However, it was a different aspect of his background that landed him his first role in the popular movie “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”

During his younger days, Statham was involved in the underground market, where he sold various illicit goods. This particular experience caught the attention of Director Guy Ritchie when he was searching for actors to cast in his film. It just happened that the character Bacom, portrayed by Statham in the movie, also worked in the same black market industry.

Jason Statham's diving career

Statham’s impressive performance in “Spatch,” a Guy Ritchie film, led to his success and fame. He acted alongside notable actors such as Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro, and the film was a box office hit. This marked the beginning of Statham’s rise to stardom, starting with “The Transporter,” which had two sequels. His appearance in all three films of “The Expendables” franchise solidified his position as an action-film star. In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in “Fast and Furious 6,” which then led to starring roles in the next two “Fast” films, as well as a standalone feature with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Hobbs & Shaw.”

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Statham has made a name for himself in Hollywood and shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, his IMDB page only shows two upcoming projects: a sequel to the 2015 comedy Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, and an action-packed drama titled Cash Truck directed by none other than Guy Ritchie. Cash Truck is set to hit theaters in January 2021, and if Ritchie’s previous success with Statham is any indication, it’s sure to be a hit with audiences.

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