Five Favorite Films with Jason Statham
The Transporter star also talks Corey Yuen, Olivier Megaton and his just-announced film with Sly Stallone and Jet Li.
British actor Jason Statham has made a career of reviving a forgotten genre - that of the ultimate "guy flick" - by blending the ultra-cool masculinity of Steve McQueen, the physicality of 1980s action stars, and a post-modern, knowing slyness that belies the otherwise B-movie nature of many of his vehicles (all of which often make him the most engaging element of his own films). This week Statham returns to one of his best-known characters in Transporter 3: Frank Martin, the black market driver with a "no questions asked" policy and a knack for kicking ass without leaving so much as a wrinkle on his tailored designer suits.
While the first Transporter film (2002) was directed by acclaimed martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen, French director Louis Letterier took the helm for its follow-up, Transporter 2 (2005). This week newcomer Olivier Megaton takes the wheel for a bigger, faster Transporter 3, with Yuen returning to choreograph a leaner (and often shirtless) Statham in the film's impressive action sequences.
Rotten Tomatoes spoke to Statham about his favorite films of all time, which surprisingly include a few Paul Newman classics and unsurprisingly include a Bruce Lee film. As our conversation continued, we also discussed the different feel of Transporter 3, Corey Yuen's diminished role in the film's action scenes, and his recently announced film, The Expendables, in which he'll star with action legends Sylvester Stallone (who will also write and direct) and Jet Li.
Cool Hand Luke (1967, 100% Tomatometer)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, 90% Tomatometer)
The Sting (1973, 91% Tomatometer)
Enter the Dragon (1973, 97% Tomatometer)
Next: Jason Statham on Transporter 3, Corey Yuen's diminished involvement, and his plans to team up with Sly Stallone and Jet Li.