From his new thriller Homefront and carrying The Transporter movies to supporting roles in such ensemble flicks as The Italian Job, The Expendables and now the Fast & Furious franchise, Jason Statham easily and joyfully transitions between those different types of marquee requirements. Now, the 46-year-old action star talks about his mindset when it comes to taking on each, gives ETonline an update on Fast & Furious 7 and The Expendables 3 -- and briefly explains why he can't talk about that reported "near-death" accident on the Expendables 3 Bulgaria set.
"I'm not allowed to [elaborate] because there's a few things that are going on at the moment regarding that incident, so I won't be spilling the beans -- not on this occasion," says Statham of the accident that found him behind the wheel of a truck where the brakes went out, plunging him into the Black Sea.
Focusing on the product, he boasts that The Expendable 3 is "probably the biggest action movie that's ever been made," given the all-star action hero cast that adds Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas this time around. "It's never been the same to have that assembly of so many significant faces that everybody knows."
Statham appeared in the post-credit sequence of Fast & Furious 6, giving a taste of what's to come for the seventh chapter of the high-octane series, and he allows of his character's intentions, "You know what the franchise is all about, you know the people in it, you know the characters in it -- obviously, I'm not part of that crew, so you can expect what I'm gonna turn up and do, and it's driven by stupendous car action."
Statham's latest, Homefront, hits theaters November 27, and was co-written by his buddy Sylvester Stallone, who recruited Jason to star in it while working together on the set of The Expendables 2. Statham plays a former DEA officer and who tries to build a new life with his young daughter (Izabela Vidovic) off the grid in Louisiana, only to ruffle the feathers of the local drug kingpin (played by James Franco), forcing Broker reluctantly back into action.
Fast & Furious 7 is set for a April, 2015 release in theaters, while The Expendables 3 is scheduled for an August 15, 2014 release.