Wait, the Transporter is gay? Yes, says “Transporter 2” (and recent “the Incredible Hulk”) director Louis Leterrier, who once told an LA Times journalist back in 2005 that he shot “Transporter 2” (starring the oft-shirtless Jason Statham as the action hero) as a gay character who didn’t want anything to do with women, and apparently took off his shirt not because it aided him in his fights, but because, well, he worked out a lot and a dude’s gotta attract the attention of other dudes some way, right? Okay, maybe he didn’t exactly say those things, but he did say the following:
“If you watch the movie and you know he’s gay, it becomes so much more fun,” Leterrier said then. “It’s so great — the first gay action movie hero!” He continued: “Action fans in general are pretty homophobic. You see these tough guys who say, ‘ “The Transporter,” that’s such a great movie!’ If they only knew they’re really cheering for a new kind of action hero.”
And to drive his point home, he mentioned a scene in “Transporter 2” in which a drug czar’s wife, played by Amber Valletta, makes romantic overtures toward the Transporter. Martin rebuffs her, explaining, “It’s because of who I am.”
Letterrier’s take on that? “That’s him coming out!”
When approached for a comment on the topic, Statham replied:
“It’s just Lou-Lou trying to be funny,” Statham said, using his private nickname for Leterrier. “Although he did say, ‘In Part 2, you will become the gay icon.’”
Now granted, I’ve made plenty of gay-ish jokes about how at this point in the quickly declining “Transporter” franchise, the only people who will keep watching the further adventures of Frank Martin are girls who dig Jason Statham’s ripped physique or, well, guys who did Jason Statham’s ripped physique. But come on, I didn’t know that one of the guys responsible for the installments actually shot the movie as Frank being gay! Unless, of course, he was just joking. After all, the French have a strange sense of humor. Jerry Lewis. Need I say more?
In any case, Besson and company may have gotten wind of this running joke by Leterrier a while ago, since in part three, Frank Martin gets himself a little sumthin’ sumthin’ in his car with the Ukrainian redhead female lead. And I could be wrong, but didn’t he also grab some poon in the first movie with Chinese actress Qi Shu?
Below: “Sorry, toots, nothing personal, but you just ain’t my type.”