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Reframing the British tough guy
Jason Statham as postmodern hero
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The appearance of the tough guy in British cinema might be traced back to the success of Stanley Baker from the late 1950s onwards. He paved the way for other working-class heroes such as Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone who redefined masculinity in British film culture. Drawing on Richard Dyer's concept of star types, this chapter will look at how the British tough guy has transformed in recent years to arrive at the postmodern pastiche of Jason Statham. What does this development tell us about changing notions of the masculine on-screen?

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