“How the hell did this happen?”: Jason Statham Hit the Greatest Stroke of Good Luck While Selling Cheap Ware on the Streets

Jason Statham got lucky as Guy Ritchie turned him into a star from a roadside seller.

“How the hell did this happen?”: Jason Statham Hit the Greatest Stroke of Good Luck While Selling Cheap Ware on the Streets


  • Before making his name in action movies, Jason Statham used to sell cheap wares on the street sides.
  • Statham caught the attention of Guy Ritchie and got a role in the latter's project without any prior experience.
  • Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie formed an adorable friendship and continued collaborating in several other projects.
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On taking a closer look at the entertainment industry, we can spot several rags-to-riches stories involving big names. Jason Statham is a prominent example who used to sell jewelry on streets before making it big as an action hero. The Expend4bles star turned out to be extremely lucky when he was spotted by Guy Ritchie and got his first outing without prior experience.

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Jason Statham

Before making it to the movies, Jason Statham was only seen in several minor roles in music videos. He used to meet his ends by selling cheap jewelry and fake perfumes on the streets. After he got a chance to star in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, things turned for the best, and he had to never look back again.

Also Read: Jason Statham Pitched a “Very, very different” James Bond 6 Years Before Daniel Craig Announced His Exit


How did Jason Statham feel about his luck?

Jason Statham in his film debut
Jason Statham in his debut movie

Earlier this year, in June, when the Fast & Furious star sat for a chat with The Guardian, he revealed some key moments from his life. His film debut undoubtedly is a huge part of his career. However, it was a matter of great luck for him as he had his first outing in a Guy Ritchie movie without having any experience in acting before.

Jason Statham opened up that he was once a skilled diver. Unfortunately, he retired from it before getting the chance to represent the UK at the Olympics. Not having many options, the English actor was forced to sell cheap wares on street corners before Guy Ritchie’s attention caught him. Speaking about his amazing luck, the Meg actor stated.

“It was just one of those chance things. I stopped diving, sat down, didn’t do much for a while, and then I got a part in a film. I was like, ‘Fu*king how the hell did this happen?’ You don’t usually meet directors on the streets. They don’t come and stand in the crowd and go, ‘Oh, thanks for the fu*king 10-quid bag of shite, would you mind being in my film?'”

Following Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie formulated an amazing bond. The debut turned out to be an incredible commercial success, and Statham attracted popularity. It led him to land several high-octane action flicks and also make an amazing director-actor duo with Guy Ritchie.


Also Read: “That’s not my thing”: Jason Statham Doesn’t Want To Be a Bond Villain, Would Rather Play the “Other Guy”

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie form an interesting pair

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie (via Variety)
Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie (via Variety)

Over the years, we have spotted many iconic director-actor combos that have raised huge discussions worldwide. Tim Burton-Johnny Depp, Christopher Nolan-Cillian Murphy, Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro, and many more duos are celebrated in Hollywood. Looks like Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie can also be a potential name on the list.

After catapulting the 56-year-old actor’s popularity, the Sherlock Holmes director worked with the actor for 4 more projects. Speaking about how he got his chance without prior experience, Statham revealed that Ritchie wanted someone who would look authentic in the role.


Later in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Guy Ritchie also spoke about his love for the actor. Madonna’s ex-husband revealed that the actor is one of his favorite people in the world and one of the rarest, grumpy people who doesn’t annoy him. Although the recently released Operation Fortune wasn’t appreciated much, the fans would love to see them reunite once again.

Also Read: Jason Statham is in Absolute Awe of Sylvester Stallone’s Secret Talent: “We got to do this again”

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.