Unnecessary end: Jason Statham reveals why he left the “Transporter” series

In an interview, Jason Statham revealed why he turned his back on the “Transporter” series. And that shows: Statham is a businessman.

Guy Ritchie was the one who got Jason Statham his first acting job with Jack Queen King grAS. But it was directors Corey Yuen and Louis Letterier who made a big impact on Statham’s career, casting him as former elite soldier Frank Martin in the 2002 action film The Transporter. In fact, writer-producer Luc Besson reportedly wrote the role specifically for Statham after seeing him in the sci-fi action film The One.

The Transporter was a hit and established Statham as a new action star. He has returned twice as Frank Martin, most recently in 2008’s The Transporter 3. Since then, he’s been the number one choice when it comes to casting a badass guy not to be messed with. However, much to the chagrin of some fans, the 54-year-old didn’t return for 2015’s The Transporter: Refueled. Ed Skrein ended up taking his place while the film was set up as a reboot.

But why did Statham refuse to put his foot down again at the time? After all, Frank Martin should have the same status for Statham as Bryan Mills from the “Taken” series for Liam Neeson, which was also produced by Luc Besson. Opposite to vulture the Briton spoke plainly:

“You know what? It was obviously a great experience making these films. And I would have liked to have continued. But they wanted me to sign and do three more films without even seeing a script. And they offered me less money for three films than I get for one! So it was a business decision. I would have loved to do it, but you can’t really sign without having a script. And to sign for three films? And getting a pittance for it? I just couldn’t see any value in it.”

So it just failed because of the filthy mammon. Now one could certainly blame him for the fact that there are actors who have given up their usual salary or at least a large part of it in order to be able to play certain roles or even get a film made in the first place. That’s how Ethan Hawke landed his role in The Purge. Keanu Reeves gave up a million dollar fee for The Devil’s Advocate so the production company could also hire Al Pacino. And Matthew McConaughey just made $200,000 for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. The 52-year-old had the right instincts and received the Oscar for Best Actor for the film in 2014.

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Now, of course, one has to admit that as great as Statham’s ideal value might be, The Transporter isn’t a series to be remembered for forever. For him, the conflict of creative uncertainty and contractual commitment was simply greater than any thought of loyalty. And Frank Martin doesn’t get any deadlier than these eight action characters in the video.

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What is Jason Statham earning now?

Jason Statham is said to have been offered $11 million for the fourth “Transporter” film. According to his statement, that would have been the sum he should have received for three films. Around 2015, however, he was already receiving around 13 million US dollars per film. He now even receives between 15 and 20 million US dollars in fees per film. There is also additional income, for example through advertising contracts. This makes him one of the highest paid Hollywood stars ever.

And the demand is high: Statham is coming up in Guy Ritchie’s spy film Operation Fortune, shark horror The Meg 2: The Trench, action smash Expend4bles, action comedy Spy 2 and The Bee Keeper ‘ to see.

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