Jason Statham Playing Another Bad-Ass Criminal Guy

April 18, 2011

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Yeah, it was cute to play family-friendly doing a CGI gnome voice for Gnomeo & Juliet, but deep down, like the stock character he endlessly plays, Jason Statham always knew he'd have to return to the world of crime and fucking dudes up, and thusly he's signed to star as the titular career criminal in director Taylor Hackford's Parker.

Created by novelist Donald E. Westlake, Parker is a lovable thief and murderer Wikipedia tells me is described as:

"big and shaggy, with flat square shoulders... His hands, swinging curve-fingered at his sides, looked like they were molded of brown clay by a sculptor who thought big and liked veins. His hair was brown and dry and dead, blowing around his head like a poor toupee about to fly loose. His face was a chipped chunk of concrete, with eyes of flawed onyx. His mouth was a quick stroke, bloodless."

So, sure, if we lightly glue a poor toupee onto Statham, that sounds close enough.

He won't be the first to play the part, though. Lee Marvin (in Point Blank), Robert Duvall (in The Outfit), Mel Gibson (in Payback), and a host of other actors have played Parker in the past, but the author never deemed them fit to carry the Parker moniker. With Westlake having died in 2008, though, the studios are going to go ahead and outright call both the character and film "Parker" now, a casually contemptuous "rest in peace" from Sierra/Affinity, Incentive Filmed Entertainment, and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Whatever it takes to keep Jason Statham in guns and scowls for another year.

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