When it comes to playing badasses on the screen, few Hollywood actors can compete Jason StathamWhether you’re playing a hero or a villain, in a comedy or drama, the one thing you can always be sure about Statham’s character is that he’ll be an extremely confident macho man, used to getting his way, bordering on arrogant.
In a recent interview with Elle, Statham’s wife, actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley revealed that the on-screen character of the actor had made her expect him to act a certain way personally, and she was pleasantly surprised to find a much more grounded man in real life when the two met for first met.
‘The fact that you just brought that up reminded me of the first night I ever met [Jason] and spent time with him. I remember calling my friend the next day and thinking, ‘Wow, he’s so unexpected not who I thought he would be. He’s so grounded and humble, he’s really fun and charismatic and energetic. ‘Those were all things I just didn’t expect from him and what drew me to him. ‘
Imagining Statham as a ‘nice’ person would have been difficult for fans to imagine when the actor first broke out with his Transporter series of action movies. But later in his career, with movies like Expendables Spy, and Hobbs and ShawStatham has shown an unexpectedly brilliant comedic side, willing to make fun of his own alpha male to get a laugh.
Statham’s grounded approach to fame and fortune can be attributed to his life before Hollywood was knocked. The actor had previously had a range of odd jobs and strange career choices, from a competitive diver to selling stolen jewelry. According to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, by living the hard way Statham has appreciated what he has now.
He knows the value of a pound. And he understands what hard work gets you … He didn’t act until he was well into his thirties so he had a good deal of his life where he was a painter and decorator and he was on the door of clubs and he was on the market stall, acting … So he’s got that real disposition and I love that he’s going to pass that on to our kid too. “
The colorful life Statham had led prior to Hollywood gives the actor’s performances a sense of realism that few other action stars can recreate. He will be seen inside next time Wrath of Man, where he’ll play the role of a money truck guard who pulls his own scam during a robbery to settle an old score.
Directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie, Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonzo, Raúl Castillo, Deobia Oparei, Eddie Marsan and Scott Eastwood. It opens in theaters on May 7. This news was first reported in Elle magazine.