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Jason Statham: Hypothetical Gay Action Hero


Chris Lee writes about a gay action hero that went by the wayside:

In 2005, Louis Leterrier, the director of 'Transporter 2' (and also credited as 'artistic director' of the first 'Transporter') told me he created a gay subtext for the character so as to avoid making a 'Steven Seagal kind of movie.'...'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!' At the time, Jason Statham, who plays the Transporter, dismissed the director's claims. '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.’'"

In Transporter 3, Lee notes, Statham's character makes out with a woman for the first time. Perhaps it's just a phase.

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  1. I, for one, would be more than happy to assist Mr. Statham in exploring whatever "phase" it is he's currently going through.

    Posted by: Joe Totale | Dec 1, 2008 7:30:50 PM

  2. I just saw Transporter 3, and was struck by the "gratuitous" pairing of Statham and the female "package" he was delivering. It just didn't feel right. Now with the background of the character in one and two... I can see why. I thought it was only my wishful thinking. Shame they decided to go this route in #3. The eye candy IS still there though... see it for that alone!!!

    Posted by: Reggie | Dec 1, 2008 7:53:24 PM

  3. Um, is this reaching for straws or what? ROFL.

    He had sex with some Asian chick in the first film. The character isn't gay (unfortunately). All his romantic opposites are women.

    OOOO. Does Statham have a butt though!

    Posted by: epic FAIL | Dec 1, 2008 8:10:33 PM

  4. ?!?!? Is there a joke here ??!??...
    Gay subtext?!?!

    At its best this is a lame and desperate marketing gimmick meant to portray the glbt community as a group desperate enough to be satisfied with this lame PR drop. At its worst we're left with the idea that this might be true but we still need to be satisfied with this closet-like mentality.

    Puh-leaze!!! We're in a new world right now and second-class treatment is just dated.
    Either put us front and center or don't- but let's not play this condescending PR game.

    Not everyone's biting.

    Posted by: Ed | Dec 1, 2008 8:53:44 PM

  5. Is this going to be another one of those "person hanging in the woods in 'The Wizard of Oz'" sort of things? Clearly there was something going on in the woods, but everyone's official statement was "no one hanged themself."

    That is a horrible pun, but I'm leaving it in.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 1, 2008 10:05:39 PM

  6. If I recall correctly from TV coverage of the first Transporter movie, the character and plot are supposed to be gay friendly. In the first movie, Statham is slathered in oil and rolls around on the floor, half-naked, with several baddies. In the second, he is clearly disinterested in certain female advances. Perhaps there was pressure to increase revenues from the third installment, hence the new love interest. As long as they keep him on the screen, I'm not complaining! By the way, Statham himself is a former diver, and he has never been married. Hmmmm....

    Posted by: Superman | Dec 2, 2008 2:34:05 AM

  7. Jason Statham has a very secret boyfriend. Studio folks will trot out a girlfriend for him to do publicity with, but she'll conveniently disappear like all the previous ones.

    Everyone in the industry knows it... and Statham is far from the only closeted film star.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Dec 2, 2008 10:48:33 AM

  8. i'll take it

    Posted by: alex | Dec 2, 2008 12:36:38 PM

  9. Transporter 3 is horrendously bad. You can't help but wish Jason dumped the "love interest" because she won't shut up and is the worst actress of all time. I think the director found her in a hair salon or something.

    The first film has quite a few gay notes. He kisses one guy underwater and the bad guy flirts with him - and that oil wrestling scene. Woweeee.

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 2, 2008 3:42:30 PM

  10. every actor just want to play his rule it does not mean that he is a gay nd my comment for cute jason stathan is never listen to rubbish speeches just do as ur hearth says and i want to say that you are a great actor and i never says lie god bless you ,weldone, best of luck and we will meet soom because i also want to become an actor just i am working on my body and then i will come in cinama any way.........

    Posted by: jin | Dec 24, 2008 9:27:38 PM

  11. the first transporter movie he showed he was attracted to the chinese could see how his eyes were lit up everytime he looked at her and he did make love to her!! the second movie frank was on the phone wondering where his food was when the married woman showed up and wanted to talk to him, she walked into the apartment and the man on the phone made a comment are your really hungry? Frank looked over to the woman and said you have no i idea! another words his huger was deep for her, but she was drunk and acting on her emotions, he didn't want to take advantage of her..alot of men would think hey why not!! i think that is one of the reasons why i like this Frank character!! transporter 3 he did make love with the woman in that show!! Frank indeed is a man who enjoys women! read what Jason says!! i believe him!

    Posted by: sheila | Feb 7, 2009 1:00:03 AM

  12. We think that Jason would be a perfect gay, not only he is a hot chunk but also he is so warm and shows he has great emotions.
    Also he clearly refuses any actions that are erotic in any way, what actually makes him even hotter.

    Posted by: Gays bistro | Jul 3, 2013 4:14:42 PM

  13. Oooh gurl, I need that inside me!

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jul 3, 2013 4:17:44 PM

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