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Jason Statham: A Job Well Done
by Luz Hernandez

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hotter than a Texas summer

hotter than a Texas summer
Summer on the big screen means a whole lot of explosive, action-packed, high octane thrillers, right? Not exactly my cup of (iced) tea, but hey, it's the last week of July. We've still got 59 more days of mosquito-slapping, sunscreen-slathering, armpit-stinking merriment left before Autumn's sweet arrival...

So, although I'm seriously craving those cool breezes and falling leaves (not to mention all that pigskin action), I've decided to make the best of my current situation by writing about the one icon of explosive, action-packed, high-octane thrillers that I actually do respect. A little bit.

His name is Jason Statham and he's... well, explosive. Maybe I'm just a sucker for British accents, but then again, that just might be the bit of
multi-tasking with style

multi-tasking with style
exotic flair that sets him apart from all the other gun-slinging, butt-kicking muscle heads out there. Or maybe it's his amazing physical agility (he was an Olympic diver in a former life and often does his own stunts). Or it could be that five o'clock shadow that covers his entire head, making him look rugged and sexy all-around. Or the fact that he looks phenomenal in a suit.

Quite honestly, it's probably a combination of all of these factors, but the truth of the matter is that Jason Statham has made a name for himself in the world of action/adventure, and he's sure to keep turning heads. The star of The Transporter (1 and 2), The Italian Job, Cellular, and Crank, Statham got his break into stardom via the Material Girl's hubby, Guy Ritchie.
Now they really have something to celebrate.

Now they really have something to celebrate.
In 1999, he appeared in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and in 2000, he starred in--and narrated (I'm telling you, his voice is super-sexy)--the action/comedy Snatch.

Next month, Statham will be at it once again, wreaking havoc with those perfectly synchronized fight scenes opposite Jet Li in the adrenaline-filled War. Later this year, he'll play a farmer with tricks up his sleeve in a German-produced film, In the Name of the King, about kings, castles, and Krugs in the kingdom of Ehb. (Sounds a bit strange, yeah, but give him credit for branching out.)

And the best news of all: he's currently working on the sequel to The Italian Job--this one's set in Brazil--where he'll once again take on the role of--all together now, ahhhhhhh--Handsome Rob.

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Luz Hernandez
Luz Hernandez is a devoted movie watcher with a background in creative writing and translation.

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