Jason Statham star of the just-released thrill ride The Transporter isn't surprised that people are comparing him to another recently-discovered action hero: Vin Diesel. But the British toughie is hard-pressed to draw a parallel that's anything but skin deep. "It's probably the short haircut and the rough voice," he tells TV Guide Online of his similarities to the XXX hunk. "[But] I think that's where it ends."
One major difference between the two well-muscled butt-kickers: Statham doesn't like to parade around naked in his films. Of course, the 35-year-old hottie will make an exception if the flesh baring is integral to a particular scene as it was for The Transporter's spectacularly inventive oil slick sequence. To take on a slew of bad guys at once, Statham's alter ego an ex-Special Forces operator-turned mercenary courier traps the thugs in a sea of petroleum.
"I had to take my shirt off and I wasn't happy about that," he recalls of the soon-to-be-famous battle. "But it had to happen [so that] when they try and grab you, they slip away." Laughing, he adds: "I'm going to get ribbed [about the nudity] when I get back home." (With that body? Fat chance, dude.)
Statham best known for his roles in such Guy Ritchie films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch next appears opposite Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron in a remake of the 1969 heist drama The Italian Job. With his career taking off, surely he's going to soon be sporting a little of that Vin ego, right? Not likely. "I come from nowhere and I'm not sure [I won't] go back," he says. "But if I can stop it, I will."