Creator: Jason Statham

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 character is that of a bald antihero with solid asskicking abilities and a very defined style. A good rule of thumb when considering Jason Statham movies for viewing: if the film in question cannot be alternatively titled Jason Statham Drives A Car And Kills People While Scowling A Lot, it most likely isn't that good.

Holds the honor of being the only major Hollywood Action star to NEVER have played a kind, soft-hearted and/or sensitive character (the only real subversion being with young charge in the second The Transporter and Mei in Safe), 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.
  • 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: Never sports a full head of hair. 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.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Almost always shown with a scowl on his face.