Jason Statham had a very simple, very logical response to our question about what factors he considers when deciding whether to do a sequel to one of his many franchises. “Well look, you can sit on the sofa and watch some TV, or you can go make a movie,” the action star told Yahoo Movies (watch above) at the Los Angeles press day for his latest film, Mechanic Resurrection. Five years after The Mechanic (itself a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie), Statham returns to the role of Arthur Bishop, a hit man whose specialty is taking out unsavory types and making it look like an accident.
Jessica Alba was not feeling the character Gina Thorne when she was first offered the part in the new Jason Statham action sequel Mechanic Resurrection. “If the love story was going to drive the plot forward, you needed to have someone that Bishop would respect. Years after faking his own death at the end of 2011’s The Mechanic, Bishop is living the sweet life in Rio de Janeiro when he’s forced out of retirement by a vengeful old acquaintance (Sam Hazeldine).
Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy were laying the groundwork for Spy when the filmmaker directed the actress as a rough-and-tumble Boston cop in the 2013 summer hit The Heat. In the new espionage action-comedy now in theaters, McCarthy has graduated to full-blown fighting machine as a CIA-trained desk jockey who finally gets her chance to hit the field. The character is one of several of Spy’s sly against-type portayals.
We've come to expect plenty of shocks and surprises from Melissa McCarthy, but in the actress’s forthcoming 'Spy,' some of the biggest laughs come from a rather unlikely suspect : 'Furious 7' baddie (and all-around bad-ass) Jason Statham.
Both got ravenous applause, and both featured buzzworthy comedic turns from two guys you wouldn’t normally expect to draw big laughs: LeBron James and Jason Statham. In Trainwreck, 30-year-old basketball superstar James plays himself — albeit a very comically exaggerated version of himself. In fact, Judd Apatow’s comedy has been praised for not only its hilarity but its heart, and King James contributes both.