Jason Statham covers the February issue of Men’s Fitness to promote Parker, which co-stars Jennifer Lopez and is pretty much a lost cause because it’s the only Statham movie that is not-quite Stathamy, and that’s a bloody shame. One could also blame Jennifer Lopez, of course, for the promise that she once showed in her early acting career (U Turn, Out of Sight) has sadly been missing since the days of Gigli and her default romcom fallback status. To be perfectly truthful, she didn’t ruin Parker (which needed no help in ruining itself), but her presence certainly didn’t help matters.
Nevertheless, the mighty Statham will probably regain his tough guy mojo in short order, but for now, he’s giving some lip service to his career idols in this interview. He also apparently enjoyed working alongside JLo too and says she’s not a diva at all like her reputation would suggest. Is he merely being diplomatic, or has Jennifer changed since the days of Marc Anthony (and before as well)?
His influences: “There’s Bruce Lee and then, of course, there’s Sly.”
His onscreen heroes: “Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood. It’s funny, most of my onscreen heroes are sort of the ones of yesteryear. I just thought they had a bit of a laid-back coolness to them.”
On working with Jennifer Lopez: “In Hollywood, people get reputations, just rumors that are passed down. She couldn’t have been nicer, more pleasant person to work with. She was just fantastic. She was just like a bubbly young girl. That’s what I remember about her – just a beam of light. I loved working with her.”
On his future: “I never look too far forward. Will I be here the next 10 years, 20 years – 2 years? It’s a day-at-a-time thing for me.”
[From Men's Fitness]
Hmm. Maybe the rumors are true that Jennifer really was trying to get in Statham’s pants while they shot the movie. That’s really the only explanation I have for this little oddity. Jennifer may very well be “a beam of light” when she’s feeling the warmies for some dude.
Sadly, this photoshoot (other than the cover) just isn’t doing it for me, but I’d still gladly do the Statham. Much like the Cumberbatch, he’s better in motion and when you can hear his voice. The main difference between the voices is that Cumberbatch is a posh darling, and Statham rides with a fetching Cockney accent. Both of them share the same level of intensity though.
Photos courtesy of Men’s Fitness