Jason Statham In His Own Words
Find out the real story behind the star of action-movie "Parker".
We see you pummeling people on screen all the time. What’s fun for you?
I like to wakeboard, I like to [do] all those nutty things on a jet ski. Windsurfing. Waterskiing. I’ve done almost every kind of martial art along the way. I’ve tried so many things. If someone said, “Do you want to learn to go rock climbing?” I’d be there.
Is there any other adrenaline-packed pursuit that you’ve wanted to try but haven’t yet?
There’s one thing that I’ve never tried to do and that’s fly one of those wing [suits]—jump off a cliff and do that proximity flying where they take a layer of skin off their chin by flying close to the rocks. That stuff, it must be the ultimate adrenaline rush. And for me, that is the natural high. It’s the closest thing you can get to dying and living at the same time.
Is there anything that scares you?
Not in terms of physical sport, no. I’m always up for the challenge.
Do you have any phobias?
No, they’re all self-created, anyway.
What motivates you?
I don’t think I’ve got the personality that’s ever content, and I don’t know whether that’s good or bad. I’m content to a degree and then I find ways to motivate myself to try to do something else—learn a new skill or do something that I haven’t done before. There are a lot of reasons for that. And I get motivated by the sheer fact that I don’t want to go back to the f—king street corners and start selling watches again. So that’s a good motivating factor. I like the position. I like the job. I like what I’m doing. So if that goes away, it means I’m not motivated—I’m not working hard.
This wasn’t always the dream, though, was it?
As long as I can remember, when I was a kid, I was,“If I could be a stuntman one day, that’d be great.” That’s all I ever wanted.
And now you’re living another dream altogether. How did you make it all happen for you?
The best things in life sometimes happen spontaneously.
What would you tell someone who might get a spontaneous chance like you did?
Always rely on your gut. I think your intuition is the one thing that no one can influence. Your intuition is everything. [You] can always sleep well if you rely on that. And you can be responsible for yourself through that.