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Jason Statham on The Bank Job

Published March 6, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Lionsgate.
Jason Statham is making his way as a new action hero, but he doesn't want to fight all the time. He's good at it, but sometimes he wants to make a pure acting movie. Unfortunately, even a character drama like The Bank Job winds up giving him someone to beat up at the end.

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"It’s hard, because every time I do find a non-fighting movie, they always write a fighting scene in," said Statham. "So I find them and it’s like, 'Oh my God, I don’t even clench my fist in this.' Next thing you know, two weeks into the movie, 'Yeah, we’ve got this scene, and just hit him.' So there’s always something that comes."

The Bank Job is a true story about a bank robbery in England, and since some of the team doesn't make it, somebody has to pay. "I think this movie always had a moment of violence towards the end because there’s so much at stake. And I think people want to see this guy get kicked on the floor and bashed. Our best mate gets killed, and he’s responsible for that, and I think it’s a good payoff. Although I wanted to do a movie without throwing a fist or a kick or anything, I think it sort of warrants a happening at this particular time. Although, I’m still looking for that complete romantic comedy where I don’t hit anybody. One day."


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Since it is based on a true story, Statham wanted to be true to the actual events. "[Screenwriters] Dick Clements and Ian La Frenais, they do tremendous work on British TV and in movies, and a lot of their stuff I know so well as being great comedy writing. So the script when I read it was quite a funny script, and it was very, very comical. Once [director] Roger [Donaldson] started doing all his research, and [finding] all these facts, the scandal side, it just took a complete turn and became this, more like a thriller. I think it was something I was quite pleased about, because I’ve made a few comedies, and even the Guy Ritchie stuff in my opinion, very sort of black comedies, and I’ve never really done anything in the tone of The Bank Job, something quite scandalous and a great, true story. As the weeks progressed, and we started finding out all these facts, new pages came, new scenes started to come, and it was great. It took a turn in the direction that I wanted it to."

Though he was involved early on, Statham left the writing to the actual writers. "Well, I’m not particularly a great writer of stories or scenes. I was just there to express some sort of comments, if you like. Is it improving, are some of the relationships within the story good for me? So I had my fair share of input but it’s not like I was at home with a pen trying to contribute in any way but I think that’s the collaboration with all actors. I mean, at the end of the day they have to try and bring to life what’s on that page."

The Bank Job opens to theaters on March 7th.

For trailer, clips, and more movie info, go to The Bank Job Movie Page.


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