Jason Statham Is Not a Badass

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Jason Statham does his own stunts, which makes him one of the silver screen’s genuine badasses, right? “Let’s put it this way: I’m not afraid of a challenge,” says the 45-year-old action star headlining this weekend’s brutal thriller, Parker. A former world champion diver and frontman for bare-knuckled adrenaline-fests like Crank, The Transporter, and Safe, Statham believes the key to his movies’ box office success is that “they’re not special effects things—they’re a real guy doing real things." Sounds like a badass to us—but Statham doesn't agree. Here, musclemorphosis.com explains why, r...

Jason Statham does his own stunts, which makes him one of the silver screen’s genuine badasses, right? “Let’s put it this way: I’m not afraid of a challenge,” says the 45-year-old action star headlining this weekend’s brutal thriller, Parker. A former world champion diver and frontman for bare-knuckled adrenaline-fests like Crank, The Transporter, and Safe, Statham believes the key to his movies’ box office success is that “they’re not special effects things—they’re a real guy doing real things."

Sounds like a badass to us—but Statham doesn't agree. Here, musclemorphosis.com explains why, reveals his four keys to being confident, and introduces a new eating trend called "the antisocial diet."

Men's Health: In Parker, you dispatch a guy with the top of a toilet. Who knew those things could be so deadly?

Jason Statham: We had four tops of toilets all prepared just in case we needed to break a few more. Quite a heavy bit of porcelain there.

MH: It’s well known that you do your own stunts. That makes you a badass in our book.

Statham: First of all, I’d never coin that phrase. I do not consider myself a badass. But you know, I’ve also never said no to a stunt. (Laughs)

MH: Is there one stunt that stands out in your mind as being particularly lunatic?

Statham: Certain stunts require different skills. Some require more balls and bravery. Others require a bit more finesse and timing or gymnastic ability. They all require different things. If someone’s got a fear of heights, they’d probably say, well, hanging off a helicopter at 3,000 feet above downtown L.A. would be the scariest. For me, that’s a day’s work, something I was very happy to do.

MH: There’s also that scene where you’re having sex on the racetrack in Crank.

Statham: (Laughs) See, to some people, that would be a terrifying stunt. For me, it was a great day at the office.

MH: You’re in peak condition at the age of 45. What's the big secret?

Statham: The world’s pretty clued-up these days about the benefits of good food and workout, and how to train for certain results. We know more than ever how to take care of ourselves, but there are just two questions: Will you use the information available to feel good, and what level do you want to be at? Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good. There’s a natural bi-product of doing those things, and that’s that you feel good. When you’re feeling good, you’re feeling confident, and that’s key to everything. (See why we named Statham one of musclemorphosis.com.)

MH: What does that nutrition look like for you?

Statham: It’s a changing rainbow. (Laughs) I’m just off on holiday, so restrictions go out the window. But when I’m getting ready for a movie, let’s just say my diet is "The Antisocial Diet." I don’t go to restaurants. I don’t eat what I really want to eat. I don’t eat much. I eat small things frequently. Lots of protein and greens. And I don’t eat with people, because there’s a tendency to get social and then to overeat. So I become very antisocial. (Laughs) You do that for several months, then you just want to gorge yourself. I’m feeling now that just being moderate all the time works better. That way I can be more social.

MH: While a lot of men go for high-tech in their workouts, you still hang at a dingy, spit, and sawdust gym.

Statham: I don’t go in for the high-end gyms with the high-tech equipment and all the fancy stuff. The workout changes depending on what I’m working on, but it’s always a base core workout. I start slow and turn up the heat. Where I train, it’s a bucket full of stuntmen who are all there trying to make the other good guys look bad. They push you along at a good pace. Everyone’s there to learn how to stay in fighting shape. (Click here to check out musclemorphosis.com.)

MH: You’ve said that confidence is key to everything. How does the average guy become a little more confident?

Statham: Change your stride, put your shoulders back, and walk tall. Take a martial art or a sport, something that gives you a skill, engages the body, and allows you the possibility of being great—or at least being active. You’ll find your confidence. Without it, you’re nothing. It’s the remedy for everything.

MH: When you’re off the clock, what do you do for fun?

Statham: I just spent Christmas skiing. Depending on the season, you’ll find me outdoors doing an activity. I need my activities. Over holiday, I spent my time at the local boozer, where the only weights you lift are mugs of beer.

MH: What does a badass drink these days?

Statham: (Laughs) The traditional pint. Can’t go wrong there.

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