Creator / Jason Statham

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Rachel Brooks: Someone put metal in the science oven.
Tim Gutterson: I finally saw that.
Rachel: What'd you think?
Tim: Needs more Jason Statham.
Raylan Givens: What doesn't?
— The cast of Justified discusses American Hustle

Jason Statham is a Badass. Using his accent when saying his name is mandatory.

A resident of the UK, expert kickboxer, and former member of the British high diving team, Statham is one of the few remaining straight-up action stars in Hollywood. He first drew attention for his roles in the films of Guy Ritchie (especially Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), but became a bona fide star with The Transporter and Crank films; he is also a frequent collaborator with Jet Li and has also done voice-overs for Red Faction II and the original Call of Duty.

His perennial Hollywood character is that of a bald antihero with solid asskicking abilities and a very defined style; a good deal of his non-comedy films can be alternatively titled Jason Statham Drives A Car And Kills People While Scowling A Lot.

Holds the honor of being the only major Hollywood Action star to NEVER have played a kind, soft-hearted, kid-friendly and/or sensitive character (although they have their own Pet the Dog and Friend to All Children qualities), but judging from the success and popularity of his cold and mean-spirited typecast, he probably never will.


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Tropes Associated with Characters Played by Jason Statham:

  • Action Genre Hero Guy: He looks the part, and plays the part well.
  • Adam Westing: He gleefully parodies himself in Spy, with his character telling anecdotes that would have been too over the top for Crank.
  • Antihero: Rarely plays a purely white character, his characters are usually willing to kill and tend to have a dark past.
  • Badass: The one thing linking every one of his characters. They can always kick ass.
  • Badass Driver: Frequently behind the wheel in his movies; the Transporter series is built around this trope.
  • Bald of Awesome: Usually keeps his head shaved (he'll occasionally wear a wig, though). Always kicks ass.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He often plays strong and silent characters who try to keep to themselves and stay out of trouble. But there's always that one idiot who can't leave him alone, thus receiving a brutal beating and setting off the plot of many films.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Many characters try to live within a set of rules so that they won't get too involved in certain events. Those rules are invariably broken because of some sort of injustice that they can't let slide.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not shy to use anything to his advantage in most of his movies, with a fighting style that comes across as brutal and direct, no fear of using guns when useful, and a tendency to use his environment to his advantage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in The Expendables and its sequels.
  • Improvised Weapon: Not to the level of Jackie Chan, of course, but he still usually uses anything lying around for a weapon. The hose fight scene in Transporter 2 is a shining example.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Almost all of his characters usually are this, being gruff and antisocial but having a friendlier side to him.
  • Memetic Mutation: In Russia, of all places. On various Russian social networks, he was a constant victim of misattributed "manly" quotes to such extent that eventually everything was credited to Jason Statham, from childish rhymes to EarthBound quotes.
  • Old Shame: Before getting his acting break, Jason performed as a backup dancer to some 90s-tastic music videos.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Almost always shown with a scowl on his face.
  • Playing Against Type: He'll occasionally step beyond his strong-and-silent-badass comfort zone. He played a purely dramatic role London, Blitz was a psychological thriller that focused more on mind games than action, and he voiced the antagonist in Gnomeo and Juliet, a children's cartoon. Not to mention the films where he plays a father figure (or an actual father) to young children.
  • Tranquil Fury: His characters usually fall into this state when they are pissed off or have been seriously wronged, as it usually ends with him tearing apart the goons sent to kill him and/or the Big Bad with nothing but an icy glare to show that he is angry.
  • What Could Have Been: Guy Ritchie wrote the part of Handsome Bob in Film/Rocknrolla for Statham, as an Actor Allusion filled role. Scheduling conflicts meant he couldn't do it, so Tom Hardy took the part.

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