Jason Statham Dishes on Working With Pretentious Actors
Here’s what the 47-year-old Spy actor had to share:
On switching from action films to comedy for Spy: “I’ve always been apprehensive about trying to do a f–king comedy, because they’re either brilliant or they’re f–king terrible. At least in making an action film, there’s always going to be someone who wants to see a car chase. Even if a lot of the people don’t like it, there will be a lot of people that do. But bad comedy is just garbage. But this works, and I give a lot of the credit—or all of the fucking credit—to Paul and the writing.”
On working with trained actors: “It doesn’t annoy me, but it can be a little pretentious. So people warming up their vocal chords before a take, going ‘Meh, meh, meh’? Sometimes I want to remind them, at the end of the day, they’re just pretending to be somebody else. I’m used to selling fucking jewelry on the street. There’s no pretense there.”
On his love for movies: “I’ve always f–king loved movies. My mom and dad used to show me films—Cool Hand Luke, The Great Escape, all the Burt Lancaster movies. Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson. Even musicals. My mom made sure I saw plenty of Gene Kelly.”
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