Jason Statham is a real thrill seeker
BY CINDY PEARLMAN January 23, 2013 10:20PM
This film publicity image released by FilmDistrict shows Jason Statham in a scene from "Parker." (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Jack English)
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:07AM
Each time Jason Statham announces that he’s hurling his body over a balcony, the women in his life get a little nervous.
In that deep voice that’s filled with gravel, Statham explains that his girlfriend, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has issues when he does stunts.
“Yeah, I get the worry from her,” he says. “I get it worse from my mum. It’s nice to know that there are people who care about me.”
It’s time for them to get a little nervous again.
Statham, 45, plays the title character in “Parker” (opening Friday). The thief with a code of ethics joins forces with a broke Florida real-estate agent (Jennifer Lopez) to outwit another crew (led by Michael Chiklis) when it comes to stealing precious jewels.
There are many scenes where Statham disrobes to show off his scars. Are any of them real?
“Nah, they’re mostly movie scars,” he says. “I do have a few marks on my elbow and my knees. Those big stab wounds on me are movie magic.”
He does provide a few disclaimers. “I busted up plenty of parts of my body doing stunts, but you know those things heal. It’s par for the course.”
In “Parker,” directed by Taylor Hackford, Statham uses his sex appeal to have some heated banter with Lopez. But it doesn’t go further. “He’s loyal to his girl,” he says. “Despite the advances of Jennifer’s character, he resists.”
Could most guys do the same?
He laughs. “There is a certain crowd who says, ‘You’re with Jennifer in a movie! Why didn’t you do something about it?’ ”
He did enjoy sparring with Chiklis. “You need a tough baddie in these films. If the baddie hasn’t got the chops, you don’t have a movie. Michael definitely has the chops.”
So does Statham, who flings his bod over a balcony in this film. “I don’t mind doing those sorts of things,” he says. “I like the adrenaline. I’m a thrill seeker.”
The Derbyshire, England, native will next star in a remake of the Burt Reynolds’ classic “Heat.” He also will reprise his role of Lee Christmas in “The Expendables 3.”
“It’s a fabulous story,” he says. “It has a great pedigree character.”
What about a love story?
“If I did a love story, the guys would be yelling, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ They don’t want to see me jump in the sack. They want to see me jump off a building.”
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