A balancing act(or)
Jason Statham and the ensemble fi lm
in Crank it up
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As an action star, Statham is a somewhat unusual performer. He is an extraordinary individual star who brings something new to the field with his visually stunning physical prowess, complex stunt work and ambiguous transnational persona. But he presents more than just that of the quick-fire lone wolf tradition. Many of his leading roles are well sustained by interaction with compelling secondary casts (such as the Crank and Transporter franchises), and even his comic turn in Spy works so effectively due to the fractious relationship created with other figures.

His screen presence is often not the singularly extraordinary ‘best of the best’, but more akin to ‘[one of the] best of the best’. His acting reflects this stance. Therefore, this chapter will explore the landscape of Jason Statham’s performances in order to think about Statham’s own individual acting technique and how this functions across wider ensemble casts – from supporting players to other major icons of cinema.

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