July 31, 2013

Jason Statham: Taking Stock Book by Len Brown

Yes that’s right, just because we like action movies doesn’t mean we can’t read books too. I got this book a few months ago and it seems to have gone under the under for a few action fans so I thought I’d let you know about its existence.

Taking Stock is simply a Biography of Jason Statham from last year, so it discusses his life and career up until Safe. We get an insight into the man himself but also into his private life. I actually didn’t know he had dated Kelly Brook and she cheated on him. She cheated on The Stath! How is she still breathing?!?!

Anyway, we also find out that Statham sometimes spars with director Guy Ritchie who is also a black belt in martial arts. No wonder they work so well together.

Brown goes into Statham’s early life as a street hustler, Olympic swimmer and more before getting the acting bug and ending up as one of the biggest action stars in the business.

The book is a great read and I went through it in a few nights; I was a bit annoyed at the author’s derogatory opinion of old-school action movies though where he describes the “dark times of the Rambo movies” which definitely deserves a slap. Aside from that though, it’s an interesting insight into one of the best in the business.

Synopsis: After an exhilarating ten years, Jason Statham has finally confirmed his place in the Hollywood elite. And starring alongside his childhood heroes Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and Jet Li, it is hard to imagine him anywhere else. Born in south London, Jason Statham has always been an action-man. As a boy, Jason chose not to follow in the footsteps of his parents and instead cultivated his thirst for adrenaline in athletics and diving – a skill that took him to the World Championships in 1992. But it was on the athletics track that he was first discovered by a modelling scout for Tommy Hilfiger and French Connection, which eventually led Jason to the then fledgling director Guy Ritchie. A string of Hollywood blockbusters – Lock Stock, Revolver, Snatch – followed. But perhaps his best known role came in 2002 when Jason was cast as Frank Martin in The Transporter.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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