Jason Statham, super skinny from his ‘rice & spinach’ diet: would you hit it?

Jason Statham

These are photos of Jason Statham a few weeks ago on the set of the Heat remake in New Orleans. We didn’t cover these photos until now because (sadly) Statham isn’t a huge conversation maker. Finally, I now have an excuse to admit that news of this project made me shudder momentarily until I realized that this is not a remake of the 1995 film starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro but of the1986 film starring Burt Reynolds. I’m a huge fan of the former movie but have never viewed the latter, so I have no strong feelings about what will probably be a butchered reboot … because most remakes these days are absolutely atrocious to the spirit of the original.

Anyway, you may have noticed that Jason looks nearly emaciated in these photos compared to his former burly self. It was only a couple of months ago that he brought out the big Statham guns for Men’s Fitness! However, he has obviously lost a lot of weight for this movie — to play a gambling addict and bodyguard, which seems strange to me. If Jason’s playing a bodyguard, wouldn’t he want to keep his muscles intact? Maybe there’s something about this movie’s bodyguard character that I’m not aware of, but I’m sort of stumped. The Daily Star is also reporting that jason has been eating nothing but brown rice and spinach every day so that he can look “lean and mean” for this role. Is he succeeding in the “mean” department?

Jason Statham

Movie tough guy Jason Statham has been warned his health is at serious risk due to a new fad diet. The Hollywood star, whose films include the Crank series, has worried friends and family by eating just brown rice and dry spinach every day.

A source said: “Jason is determined to be lean and mean and will not touch anything other than these two ingredients. He’s desperate to stay hot in Hollywood.” Statham, 45, will star as gambling addict and bad-boy bodyguard Nick Escalante in a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat.

“It’s a requirement of this role to be in top shape,” added our source. “He is shooting in New Orleans so he is surrounded by rich, fattening food. He even has his assistant go out to the cooking area on set and order his rice and spinach so he doesn’t need to look at everything else.”

New Orleans nutritionist Judy Rupp told the Daily Star Sunday: “The premise behind the brown rice detox diet is that brown rice is eaten because it is a whole grain and the fibre plays a role in cleansing your system.

“This is the kind of diet you would see Asian fighters use in order to create a lean physique ideal for fighting. It is not a healthy or balanced approach to dieting as it lacks necessary nutrients and should only be done for seven days or so in order to cleanse the system. I would strongly advise Jason to reassess this strict diet and include other nutrients.”

[From Daily Star]

I guess this new look is just for this movie, right? One can only hope. While I can see the value of Matthew McConaughey’s recent weight loss because he was playing an AIDS patient, I honestly don’t see why the Statham would want to pull such drastic measures for an action film. Here are photos of Jason on the set of Homefront last October. Hopefully, he’ll look like this again in short order.

Jason Statham

Jason Statham

Jason Statham

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Shelley says:

    His beautiful face is gone *sigh*. At least he does not look as tragic as Michael Fox in that crappy Tyler Perry movie.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      He just needs to put on some weight – it’ll be back.

    • VioletCrumble says:

      Shelly, I’m sure that with a few good feeds, his great face will return. Besides, I need him for a role in the movie to be made from the book I will shop soon. He’s going to play the long-lost relative who appears 2/3 of the way through, stumbling upon his family in trauma. He appoints himself to “mediate” the crisis that befell the family, but things don’t quite go the way he thinks…. Definitely need a few more pounds to qualify for the part. He is the real-life relative’s first choice to play his part, and they do look very similar.

      And yes, d still like him to do me. Love a bit of rough trade, me.

      By the way, does anyone out there have Quentin Tarantino’s number? He’ll be taking control of the movie.

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    While I prefer him a little more muscular, yes, I’d still hit it!

  3. taxi says:

    His face looks better & younger when he has more weight.

  4. eryin says:

    He looks the same, the absolute same.Maybe he needs to lose the jacket in order for people to see?

  5. mommak918 says:

    Ahhh, hes sexy all the time :)

  6. Denise says:

    He needs to love a bit more weight, specifically that jacket!

  7. Steph says:

    Yeah, too emaciated now… I admire his discipline for getting into the role, but he looks so much better when he’s muscular

  8. j.eyre says:

    Thank you for clarifying, I read that first sentence about 7 times before I could move on to see it was a different movie.

    Being placed in New Orleans and told I couldn’t eat the food will be one of my circles of hell when I am sent there.

    As for hitting it – it’s me so yes.

  9. Tessa says:

    I’ve always found him really really hot. Man, all man.

  10. Tammy says:

    Yeah, I would still hit it.

  11. Me Three says:

    Maybe he’s just trying to compete for who can be skinnier with Rosie. God, their lives must be fun…neither one eats food. Bet their fridge is empty. Ha! As far as hitting it. I used to be a fan. Now he just seems like an insufferable, narcissistic, aging action star who is desperately trying to stay young by dating consistently younger bods which he somehow thinks makes him look better. Seems to be the curse of most of Hollywood, lately. The funniest part is that they just look older next to their young uns!

  12. Mew says:

    Eating tons of spinach is begging for kidney stones – I hope he’s smarter than that. I believe the whole “eating only 2 ingredients” is a bit over the top dramatics. And please media, stop the whole “detox” BS…….

  13. Meaghan says:

    Loves me some Jason. He is dead skinny but I can’t but drool over his manliness

  14. Scorpiona says:

    I would consistently hit it until the cows came home and stopped mooing …

  15. Anoni Mus says:

    I really don’t see the extreme weight loss here. Sure, he’s lost some muscle mass, but it’s not too obvious. He’s very hot, but not my type, so you ladies can keep him.

  16. Bex says:

    Yes, hit it!

    I don’t think he looks that skinny, he’s probably just doing a cleanse to get the muscles to pop and purge any bloat for on camera. I think he’s getting ready to film Fast & Furious 7 this summer too. For Statham lovers, keep your eyes peeled in F&F6… yum!

  17. truthSF says:

    I am not worried about his weight. He has the filming of Fast & Furious 7 coming up, so his beautiful physique will be back on display again.

    Edit: Damn you Bex…you beat me, lol. How excited did you get when you saw his scene at the end? I’m so ready for summer of 2014. :D

  18. Meghna says:

    I would still hit it…hard….until it fell off! LOL GAWD I love me some Jason Statham