Jason Statham covers the “Esquire” June/July 2015 US edition now available on newsstands. Aside from an amusing new photoshoot done at an amusement park in Los Angeles in March, our favorite Brit takes us back to when he used to be a diver and “fly pitcher.” His words are honest and his humbleness is his most attractive feature. He is a man’s man who doesn’t take himself too seriously and knows how to have a good laugh. But it’s his hard work, discipline, and commitment that brought him to where he is today: a true action hero like no other and a role model to millions of people.
“I really enjoyed working with Guy Ritchie. One, it gave me a career, and two, they’re probably a couple of the best films I’ve ever done. I thought The Bank Job was a really quality movie. Even working with Luc Besson and doing The Transporter, one and two—pretty good. The Crank movie—I thought that was decent.” Here he takes a little breath, then lets himself off the hook. “And the rest is shite.”
A big laugh follows before he retreats. “No, no: I take that back. I mean, you do a lot of films. You’re always aiming for something and trying to push yourself to do something good. A movie, it’s like a very complicated timepiece. There’s a lot of wheels in a watch. And some of those wheels, if they don’t turn right, then, you know, the watch ain’t gonna tell the time.”