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At UK premiere, Statham look to get serious

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:09

June 17 - Action-movie star Jason Statham says the emotional aspect of his character in new violent London gang thriller ''Hummingbird'' is the type of role he'd like to explore more of. John Russell reports.

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Jason Statham, known for his action hero roles in Hollywood blockbusters like "The Expendables", on Monday (June 17) said his new role in "Hummingbird" was a more emotional role he'd like to explore further in future films. But his role in "Hummingbird" as Joey Jones sees him move from an ex-soldier living on the streets of London's West End to becoming a macho enforcer in the employ of the Chinese mafia, with a score to settle for the murder of a girl he loved. Speaking at the London premiere of the film, Statham said he was happy with the chance to broaden his range. SOUNDBITE Jason Statham, saying (English): "Steve Knight is such a great writer that he, you know, that he can provide a character that is a lot different to the ones I normally get presented with. So yeah, it's obviously something I want to pursue and it's not that I don't enjoy what I'm already doing, but it's always good to push yourself in different areas and this sort of come that way." "Hummingbird" is screenwriter Steven Knight's directorial debut, and forms the last part of a trilogy that began with "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Eastern Promises." "Hummingbird" is scheduled for general release on June 28.

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At UK premiere, Statham look to get serious

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:09