If we start to think about Jason Statham , the first thing that comes to mind are the Transporter movies , Fast & Farious , The Expendables and an endless number of action films in which he is the main protagonist and solves most of his problems. problems based on shots, kicks and punches.
But long before he became a Hollywood star, Statham led an anonymous life in which he focused all his attention on diving . Yes yes, as you read it, trampoline jumping. And also he was not bad at all, since in his best moment he came to be twelfth in the world championship .
Here he is, with hair, competing for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games . He was on the British National Swimming Team for 12 years and missed out on participating in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the iconic 1992 Barcelona Olympics .
We rescued the statements that the actor gave to IGN in 2003 in which he recalls his sports days: ” We used to compete on a 10-meter platform and a 3-meter springboard , which is not necessarily very high, but we used to do a certain amount of gymnastics tricks there”.
Regarding his participation in a possible Olympic Games, he has the thorn in it: “It is a painful point that he never managed to compete in the Olympic Games. I started too late. It probably wasn’t my thing either. I should have tried a different sport,” added the actor.
Despite his facility for this discipline, he admits that he always kept it as a hobby: “ Diving was obviously a hobby for me , and being an amateur sport you couldn’t earn money. So she used to train while working selling perfumes, jewelry and other goods that were supposedly expensive.” In addition to all these secret facets, the interpreter was also a model for major fashion brands such as Levi’s or Tommy Hilfiger and enlisted in the British army, in the parachute regiment before focusing entirely on acting. Without a doubt, a versatile man!
In addition, his high knowledge in martial arts such as kick boxing, taekwondo or jiu-jitsu have come in handy to play all those roles and become the bad boy of Hollywood , and possibly one of the most iconic actors in action movies. in the 21st century .