The fearless Jason Statham is back as the infamous hit man Arthur Bishop in the new Mechanic: Resurrection, where he talks heights and extreme sports that impress him, “I think you have to get used to heights. You know, I’m not used to certain types of heights. But I don’t really get sort of a vertigo feeling. I’ve always been impressed by those, those wing suits, sort of close proximity flyers.” Statham is known for his intense fight scenes, and with being your own stunt man comes a fair share of stunt injuries, “Things don’t heal as quick as you want them, you know? You could tweak something, usually it takes a while, it usually doesn’t heal before you’re asked to do the next thing that you’re going to re-tweak.”
Screen Rant caught up with actor Jason Statham at the film’s L.A. press day to discuss fears, personal injuries and his American accent.
Congratulations on the film.
JASON: Thanks honey.
I loved it.
JASON: Oh you did?
JASON: You like action movies then, eh?
I do! But the heights scene, that freaks me out. Heights are my weakness so I really had anxiety in the chair. Like I was sweating, I was doing one of these with my hands.
JASON: You get vertigo when you stand over heights?
Yeah, it freaks me out.
Are you afraid of anything?
JASON: I think you have to get used to heights. You know, I’m not used to certain types of heights. But I don’t really get sort of a vertigo feeling. I’ve always been impressed by those, those wing suits, sort of close proximity flyers.
That’s the most dangerous type of sky diving too.
JASON: Yeah I’m just blown away by what they do. You know, I’m just in “awe” of that. You know just to get a glimpse of that is exciting, that gets my adrenaline going.
For sure. So you perform your own stunts, did you get hurt during this film?
JASON: Uhm, well yeah it depends at what level. I mean you always get hurt, I tweaked my neck pretty bad. I can remember my shoulder wasn’t doing too good, my lower back wasn’t doing—
You’re falling apart.
JASON: You do fall apart! Things don’t heal as quick as you want them, you know? You could tweak something, usually it takes a while, it usually doesn’t heal before you’re asked to do the next thing that you’re going to re-tweak. So, you know it’s one of those things that you just can’t, you know you can’t run away from it.
Right, well it comes with the territory when you do your own stunts, I get it. Is it hard to keep an American accent when you’re doing these films?
JASON: Uhm, I’ve tried an American accent (laughs while looking away). I looked at these people only because they laugh at me. You know I find an accent very difficult because I didn’t go to drama school. You know? And I never really got any exposure on how to deliver accents or drama.
It sounds good! Because to me, growing up with your films, I thought you were American up until literally about-probably three years ago.
JASON: Look at that, I should record you. I’ll play your voice to my agent.
That was a lack of research on my part but as a kid I’m watching you and I just, I thought you were just one of those, you know, slow speaking bad asses.
JASON: Well look at that.
JASON: Well there you go. I’m shocked and at the same time very happy.
Mechanic: Resurrection is now playing in U.S. theaters.