Jason Statham is a renowned British Actor who has made his name in the entertainment industry as an action star. Originally, he was a diver as a profession and wanted to make his career in diving. He remained the member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for almost 12 years. Thanks to his stars and the agent who saw him in 1988 and he started his career in acting!
Today, Jason Statham’s net worth is roughly $90 million. He has been a part of movies that have grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. He also did modelling during the initial years of his career before being spotted by Guy Ritchie. Iwe will know all about the British actor in this log, including his early life, his career, hie personal life, his net worth, investments and endorsements.
Jason Statham’s Net Worth
His Early Life
Jason Statham was born on 26 July 1967 in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Eileen ad Barry Statham. His father was a street salesman and mother was a dancer. He didn’t want to follow his father’s profession. Jason was always passionate for mixed martial arts, football and diving. As a kid, he lived in Great Yarmouth. Currently, he lives in his house in Beverly Hills, California.
He attended a grammar school as a kid and was interested in playing football. He has represented his country as a diver in the World Championships in the year 1992. Not just this, he has also been part of the Commonwealth Games in 1990 representing Great Britain in different categories.
He has been always proud of being in the national squad. In the early 1900s, Jason even worked as a background dancer in several music videos.
Although Jason is today one of the most popular actors in the entertainment industry, the first 10 years of his career were very crucial as he rose to prominence.
From 2000 to 2010
Initially he worked as a model for French Connection. While he was there, an agent introduced him to Guy Ritchie who was into a film project and looking for someone to fill the role of a street-wise con artist in the film. He cast him in the crime comedy thriller of 1998, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ as “Bacon”. The decision was taken after knowing about Statham’s past as a black market salesman.
The movie received positive response from both audiences and critics. It helped him gain recognition in the industry. He got his first paycheck as an actor of $6,937. Jason collaborated with Ritchie again in 2000 in Snatch alongside popular artists like Benicio del Toro, Brad Pitt and Dennis Farina. He played the role of ‘Turkish’ and the movie grossed around $80 million across box-office worldwide. It was after this movie that he got a check of $20,760, which was almost 3 times of his first pay check. He broke into Hollywood with two movies in the year 2001. One was a science fiction martial arts action film ‘The One’ and a science fiction action horror, Ghosts of Mars.
He worked on his skills
Statham started getting more roles and in the year 2002, he played the lead role of Frank Martin, a driver in The Transporter, the ever famous action movie written by Luc Besson. He was responsible for his own stunts in the movie. Statham has been doing this for almost all his action films. He has learnt Kickboxing, karate and Wing Chun Kung fu. Trans[porters had two sequels – Transporter 2 in 2005 and transporter in 2008. He was in the lead role for all the three movies of the franchise. He has also acted alongside Dwayne Johnson in ‘Mean Machine’ released in the year 2002. His role in The Italian Job in 2003 was appreciated by both critics and audiences. He played the lead villain in Cellular in 2004.
Re-collaboration with Guy Ritchie
In the year 2005, Statham was again a part of Rithcie’s next film project named, Revolver. However, this time it was a box-office failure. He played a dramatic role in London of 2006. He was also the lead of Crank, an action film released in 2006. In the year 2008, Jason starred in Death Race, which was a remake of 1975’s Death Race 2000 and The Bank Job, a British crime thriller. Armond White, the American film critic portrayed Statham as a champion of action.
In 2008, Armond praised Jason’s role in Transporter 3 and said it was a brilliant example of kinetic pop art. Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt called the film as ‘a dour, drab affair’. However he appreciated Jason saying, ‘establishing Statham as a new action hero, as at ease with gruff one-liners as he was with Jackie Chan-esque high-kicking.’
In the year 2009, Statham started his work in the next movie. Janet Peoples and David Peoples wrote the film. He said in an interview, “We’ve got a movie we’re trying to do, written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples, in the vein of an old film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It’s not a remake or anything, but it’s a little bit like that, about relationships and how greed contaminates the relationships these three people have. The working title is The Grabbers.” The same year, he reprised his role as Chev Chelios in the sequel – ‘Crank: High Voltage’.
In the year 2010, Jason was seen with fellow action actors such as Jet Li, Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren. It was the action film with an ensemble cast – The Expendables. Statham played Lee Christmas, who is a former SAS soldier and expert on a close quarters combat using knives. It was a commercial success as it opened at No.1 at the box-office in America, China, United Kingdom and India. The film grossed a total amount of $274 million from across the world.
From 2011 to 2015
He started the next decade with the remake of The Mechanic, Charles Bronson’s 1972 film. He played ‘Arthur Bishop’. The Advertising Standards Authority banned the circulation of the theatrical trailer that showed Jason’s character shooting a man’s head. It was because the trailer depicted excessive violence. However, the critics both in the United Kingdom and the United States gave positive reviews for his role in the movie. He received positive criticism from various reputed magazines of the United States such as The New York Times and The Guardian.
The Guardian portrayed the movie as ‘an entertaining hitman thriller.’ The new York Times marked him as ‘sleek as a bullet’ and said the film was ‘a more powerful recharge’ of the actual film. Moreover The Daily Telegraph, a UK newspaper praised Statham writing, “England’s best export to action movies in just about forever, a businesslike brute with gentlemanly soul.” He was back to British movies with Blitz, a police drama in which he played a Detective Sergeant named Tom Brant.
His action continued
The film received a lot of mixed reviews from various critics and journals. The Guardian’s Cath Clake reviewed it as ‘not half bad’ and ‘oddly entertaining’. He then worked in Killer Elite, another action film. Based on true events, the film had the plot of ‘The Feather Men’, a fictional novel by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. In the film, Statham played the role of Danny, an assassin who is back from retirement to save the life of an old friend. The film was a flop and was panned by all the critics.
In the year August 2011, he was into the filming of “Parker” of Taylor Hackford. The film released after two years, on January 2013. Statham’s role in the movie was that of a criminal antihero that was previously played by Lee Marvin in 1967’s Point Blank and by Mel Gibson in 1999’s Payback and. A. O. Scott of The New York Times said of the actor in the film: “[Statham], who seems to be made entirely of muscle and scar tissue, is comfortable with his limitations as an actor.
His ‘Parker’, in any case, is more of an axiom than a fully rounded human being.” A BBC News report of 2012 estimated that his 10-year film career to date (2002 to 2012) yielded over $1 billion in the box office, making him one of the industry’s most bankable stars. In the year 2012, he was signed on to reprise his role as ‘Lee Christmas’ in “The Expendables 2” in 2012.
Life after ‘The Expendables’
In 2013, Statham had a cameo appearance at the end of Fast & Furious 6 as the brother of the film’s antagonist “Owen Shaw” (Luke Evans). He reprised the character, this time as the main antagonist, in Furious 7. The movie got released in April 2015. He also starred opposite James Franco in the thriller “Homefront”, written by Sylvester Stallone. His “attempt to develop his ‘brand’ by trying more adventurous parts” noted by The Guardian’s Mark Kermode, “[broadened] his dramatic palette”. Statham made a cameo in the 2014 music video Summer of Calvin Harris as one of the car racers. In 2014, he returned as Lee Christmas in The Expendables 3. Although critically panned, the film would go on to gross $215 million against a $90 million budget.
In 2015, appeared in the action comedy Spy alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne. The film, a commercial success, was praised for showcasing Statham’s comedic side in contrast to his more serious roles. According to an article by Empire magazine, a Spy 2 was development in late 2015, with more screen time dedicated for Statham’s character, Rick Ford. He was nominated for the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in Spy.
The Transformer Series
Statham was offered a three-film contract to reboot The Transporter series in late 2015, but turned it down because he was not given the script before the signing date and unhappy with its compensation package.According to an article by The Guardian, Statham expressed interest in playing James Bond in the upcoming Spectre film. Its author, Steve Rose noted that “there was no doubt Statham can walk the Bond walk. And talking his talk can hardly be an issue with a character whose accent has fluctuated between Sean Connery’s Scottish brogue and Timothy Dalton’s Welsh.”After the interview there were multiple calls from critics and the public to instate him as James Bond in a future film.
From 2016 to 2020
The sequel to his 2011 film The Mechanic was scheduled for production in late 2016 and announced to open as Mechanic: Resurrection. The film went on to become highly commercially successfully in international film markets grossing $109.4 million worldwide. According to Forbes Magazine, the film was Statham’s “seventh-biggest earner” and most commercially successful solo film venture of his career.
In February 2017, he starred alongside Gal Gadot in a 30-second super bowl advertisement for Wix.com during Super Bowl LI. CNET reported that the advertisement reached 22 million user impressions. Statham was asked to re-join the Fast and the Furious franchise once more in 2016. The ‘Fate of the Furious’ was released in April 2017 to commercial success. While the movie overall received mixed reviews, Statham was noted for his comedic timing and on-screen chemistry with contemporaries. The film went on to be the third highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.
‘Spy 2’ and ‘Hobbs & Shaw’
Spy 2 was confirmed on 15 February 2018. But later in 2018, Feig explained that although a sequel to Spy could still happen, “there hasn’t been any interest from the studio” in the project.
Statham played the lead, former Naval captain Jonas Taylor, in the 2018 action-horror film The Meg, which was released on 10 August. In order to prepare for scenes wherein he swims in shark-infested waters, Statham swam with bull sharks in Fiji. The film would go on to gross $527.8 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing U.S.-Chinese co-production of all time.
In 2019, Statham reprised his role as Deckard Shaw again in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off of the Fast and the Furious franchise focusing on his and Dwayne Johnson’s characters. The film has grossed $758 million worldwide, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film of 2019, and received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the performance of Statham.
His Net Worth
Statham ‘s net worth mainly comes from his fantastic bunch of action movies, even though some didn’t do quite well on the box-office. Some of his most profitable film projects include Hobbs & Shaw, Furious 7, The Meg, Spy and Hobbs & Shaw. For Hobbs & Shaw, he received a whopping amount of $13 million, He has bagged more than $30 million from movies.
Statham is known for playing villains (anti-heroes) and the actor performs his own stunts,which her mother dislikes. In an interview, Statham said, “She’s [Statham’s mom] been saying for many years that I should stop the stunts. In these films you have to be cautious about how you expose yourself to danger…A lot of stuff is calculated and smart. The physical fights, we do it because we can. In movies and storytelling, contrast and insurmountable odds are what people want. People go, ‘F***, there is no way he is going to fight this guy’—and people get into that.”
His Career Highlights
Here are some of the best highlights from Jason Statham’s career:
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrells (1998)
- Transporter (2002)
- Mean Machine (2002)
- The Italian Job (2003)
- Revolver (2005)
- Crank (2006)
- Expendables (2010)
Favorite Quotes from Jason Statham
“Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good.” – Jason Statham
“Your body is like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you’ll never make it explode. You hit it once with a hammer: Bang! Get serious. Do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and half of nonsense. It’s so much more rewarding.” – Jason Statham
“I’ve spent all those years learning how to do certain skills, and then that competitive spirit kicks in and you want to do the stunts. Basically, it’s the the male competitive ego at work.” – Jason Statham
“If you’ve got a good imagination, a lot of confidence and you kind of know what you are saying, then you might be able to do it. I know a lot of colorful characters at home that would make great actors.” – Jason Statham
“I’m used to being efficient and a guy that can do more than the average guy can.” – Jason Statham
Success lessons by Jason Statham
Jason Statham’s success story and the amazing journey made us learn so many lessons and we have got you some of his learning and secret to success. It is an excerpt from the report published by Men’s Health Magazine.
Decorate from within.
Interior decoration is important, you must try putting your imagination into work and think about the stuff that reflects your personality. It is easy. You may not know but Jason has his [personal photos in his office and he likes cool photography on walls. His office shelves are full of personal pictures, There’s a framed trio of silhouette pistol targets hangs in the kitchen. By doing this, you can hang anything you feel makes you reflect on yourself. It will also look classy, when framed.
Got out as much as possible.
You should not confine yourself in the four walls of your house. It is necessary to leave your place once in a while. It keeps you connected to the world. Statham has not got any fitness equipment at his house. He would rather prefer going out, leaving his place. He feels it is important to join a gym, where he can also meet his coworkers.
Try impressing a woman, but not too hard!
You wouldn’t like to turn off women, when visiting your place, but don’t go over the board! He says,“I’ve always thought it was uncomfortable to strategically set up some kind of situation with scented candles, a fire, the right music on etc.”
Statham is among one of the most popular action stars in Hollywood having done movies like Transporters (the franchise), Cellular, Mean Machine, The Italian Job and many more. Jason Statham’s net worth as of 2020 is roughly $90 million and he is still rocking the industry with his leading and supporting performances.