Let’s take a trip down memory lane and talk about Jason Statham’s hair-raising incident on the set of ‘The Expendables 3’. Surprisingly, Statham’s former career as an Olympic diver proved to be a life-saver when a stunt went wrong.
Looking back almost a decade ago, fans of action movies were on the edge of their seats for an unexpected off-camera incident during the production of “The Expendables 3”. It involved Jason Statham and his near-death experience. Driving a three-ton truck during a test run, he faced a heart-stopping moment when the brakes malfunctioned, causing him and the vehicle to plunge into the Black Sea, 60ft deep. The situation was grim due to the heavy gear he wore, but his past as an Olympic-quality diver came to his rescue. According to Sylvester Stallone, Statham’s diving skills saved him from what could’ve been a fatal situation.
Before becoming a renowned actor known for his rugged charm in movies like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” Jason Statham represented England as a diver at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. Little did he know that those skills would come in handy on a movie set.
Statham had a miraculous escape from danger, but his co-star Sylvester Stallone had less fortunate luck resulting in a metal plate in his back after a fall. This serves as a reminder of the real dangers that actors face despite the advanced technology and safety measures in place.
As we watch classic movies today, let us recognize the death-defying stunts and real-life heroes like Jason Statham who share unforgettable stories of survival against all odds. It is essential never to underestimate the importance of backup skills in any profession.