Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Review: Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson & Hugh Laurie Review: Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson & Hugh Laurie Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Wishful Thinking? Jason Statham Would Like To Work With Christopher Nolan & Martin Scorsese

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 3, 2013 at 11:23AM

Let's face it, Jason Statham's catalog isn't exactly a deep well of varied, nuanced performances in films of varied subtext and substance. As he says quite candidly to This Is Lancashire, "I make a lot of films that don't have much depth to them - they're more like popcorn movies." Very true. But last week Statham showed a bit more actorly muscle in "Redemption" (our review), playing a ex-military solider, and emotionally damaged homeless man, and he's been greeted with good reviews for his work which required less punching than usual (though there still is punching). Could he be setting his sights higher for future gigs? Seems so.
16
Christopher Nolan Martin Scorsese

Let's face it, Jason Statham's catalog isn't exactly a deep well of varied, nuanced performances in films of varied subtext and substance. As he says quite candidly to This Is Lancashire, "I make a lot of films that don't have much depth to them - they're more like popcorn movies." Very true. But last week Statham showed a bit more actorly muscle in "Redemption" (our review), playing a ex-military solider, and emotionally damaged homeless man, and he's been greeted with good reviews for his work which required less punching than usual (though there still is punching). Could he be setting his sights higher for future gigs? Seems so.

"There's a ton of people I want to work with. [Martin] Scorsese, Chris Nolan, all these people who make good movies would fit the list. But things like that don't come my way," Statham said. Hardly a surprise, but should a name director take a shot on Statham for something other than this formidable action skills?

It certainly wouldn't be the first time an actor has been taken out of their pigeonhole or reintroduced to audiences, as Adam Sandler ("Punch Drunk Love"), Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") and Jean Claude Van Damme ("JCVD") have in recent years. And hell, all the way back in 1997, James Mangold found new notes hiding within Sylvester Stallone in "Cop Land." And let's not forget, it was David Fincher himself who recommended Statham for "Redemption" in the first place.

So, untapped talent or have we already seen all that Statham can give? Weigh in below.

This article is related to: Jason Statham, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates