Tonight on TV: When Jason Statham Became a War Machine

Every day, AlloCiné recommends a film to (re)watch on TV. Tonight: the role that established Jason Statham.

Alternately Olympic diver, model and seller of black jewellery, Jason Statham was spotted by director Guy Ritchie who hired him for his first film, Scams, Crimes and Botany, in 1998. After a stint in thrillers and then in science fiction, the British actor with an athletic physique and the “mouth” of an adventurer is particularly at ease in action cinema.

In 2002, he was the headliner of Transporter by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen and thus acquired his stripes of action hero. Not having had time to set up a training program before filming, the actor exploits his own practice of martial arts, taking head-on the many stunts, chases, brutal fights and others. movie shootings.

Despite a mixed critical reception, The Transporter is a box office success (with more than 43 million dollars raised worldwide) and launches a trilogy. Since then, Jason Statham has become a key figure in the genre. We can notably cite his role as a pure and hard villain in the thriller Cellular, his participation in the very muscular Expendables franchise or his appearance in the cast of Fast & Furious from the sixth part of the saga.

The Transporter by Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier with Jason Statham, François Berléand, Shu Qi

From 10 years old

Tonight on TFX at 9:05 p.m.

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