Jason Statham Says No G.I. Joe, Yes to Transporter 3 and Crank 2

Well this is interesting news. According to Jason Statham via the MTV Movie Blog, the actor says he will not be in the upcoming “G.I. Joe” movie, nor was he ever attached to it, despite previous reports to the contrary that he would be playing the British equivalent of the American-themed G.I. Joes, aka Action Man. Well to be fair to IESB, who originally floated the report of Action Man and Jason Statham’s involvement in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the popular toy franchise, they only said that Jason Statham was “the first choice” for the role, they never said he got it, or he was offered it. According to Statham, he was never offered the role, and he doesn’t want it.

Says Statham:

“The old Internet can be quite misleading at times… I don’t know where that came from. [I have] no connection with ‘G.I. Joe’.”

Well, that certainly sounds final to me. Oh well. He would have been a great Action Man, though. Statham strikes me as one of those guys whose body type and acting style are just so perfect for movies based on comic books or, in this case, toy franchises.

But forget about “G.I. Joe” for a moment. Statham also talks about the other movies he will be in, namely “Crank 2” and “Transporter 3”:

“If you thought the first one was crazy, this is ridiculous. It’s mad,” he enthused. “I couldn’t resist working with those chaps again. It gives me a chance to go wild in the aisles.”

While he didn’t indicate whether or not that means he’ll get to ravage Amy Smart in the middle of Chinatown again, Statham did confirm that the film will be a true sequel, that it won’t play tricks and will start after the events of the first “Crank.” “I’m not robotic,” he grinned. “It’s a follow-up.”

Speaking of follow-ups, to paraphrase The Greatest: grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. Frank Martin drives. After two successful flicks, the man they call the Transporter is about to take another lap.

Announced seven months ago, “Transporter 3” is closer than ever to happening, according to star Jason Statham. “I have a massive yearning to do Part 3 with Luc [Besson],” Statham told us. “I think it will happen [soon].”

I love the “Transporter” franchise. They’re the silliest, but most fun I’ve had in the theaters in a long time. “Crank” ain’t so bad, either.

Jason Statham Says He’s Not in G.I. Joe