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Young Jason Statham dives in old BBC video

Young Jason Statham dives in old BBC video

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Before he became a mega action star leading Hollywood blockbusters like the “Transporter,” “Expendables” and “Crank,” English actor Jason Statham apparently passed the time as a competitive diver.

Judging by the video clip of the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland, New Zealand, the then 20 year old, and yet to be “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” actor, was certainly not the best representative England could have asked for.

He seems ever so nimble somersaulting through the air, but his entries to the water appear to be  much less masterful than the robust cunning of his on screen personas.

“Jason Statham is not having a good time.”

The announcers commentating the event are down right comical at times as they dagger Statham time and again.

“Short again. Really gone to pieces this final, Jason.”

Although this may be a dramatic departure from Statham’s kung-fu finesse we are accustomed to seeing on the big screen, glimpses of the budding actor’s ability to emote can be seen at the end of the clip as the doubled over and “dejected” diver mourns his loss.

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What was perhaps even more awe inducing than seeing Statham trudge his way through the diving competition was seeing him with a full head of hair. May his slicked back locks rest in peace. In the end, at least we can all agree that he made the right move by switching to acting.

You can see Statham  in the upcoming “Expendables 3,” the final installment in Sylvester Stallone’s action star riddled trilogy. “Expendables 3” hits theaters August 15. 

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Since his wee lad-dom, Pooya has been a sommelier of cinema. It was likely some acting bug, fallen from the dust riddled ruby curtains of an enchanted old stage that did it. Those cinematic scarabs must have burrowed deep into his brain, irreversibly altering his mind, turning the poor boy down a dismal path. From his earliest years the strange boy would aimlessly wander the aisles of countless video rental stores, amassing his trivial knowledge with vigor. These actions befuddled the boy’s parents, who still would lovingly oblige his unusual attraction to the motion picture. Often seeking refuge in the cushioned seating of his local movie theater, the odd adolescent would immerse himself in the scripted and effects riddled realities unfolding on the screen before him. During his collegiate years, he was twice spotted on stage performing bizarre theatrical rituals before awe-struck audiences. When he departed from academia, he left behind his youth in exchange for a labor routine, but the strange young man never lost his long-cultivated love of film. Recently, Pooya was approached by to join their budding team of entertainment bloggers. After hours of coaxing and an undisclosed number of honey jars, he accepted their offer. Finally he had come full circle. Finally, at, he was home.

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