In a recent interview with IESB, Statham revealed that moviegoers might have had a chance to find out the answer to that last question, if things had turned out a little differently. Asked to name any comic book characters he might like to play, he responded:
Let me think… It’s funny, I took a meeting for Sub-Mariner. I don’t know if I’d look right running around in a tight speedo with wings on my ankles, but there’s so many cool…characters.
What sort of cool characters, you ask? Well, after expressing regret over not winding up working on The Incredible Hulk with his Transporter 2 director, Louis Leterrier, Statham continued speculating:
You know, there’s talk of them redoing The Crow. That was a good movie with Brandon Lee, although that was years ago. So if that one comes my way, bang! You know, there’s so many comic book movies out there, and most of the time, there’s only a handful of people who can do them any justice. Hopefully, they’ll come my way for one of them.
Moving on to projects that are actually in the pipeline, Statham talked about Crank 2 and The Transporter 3, good-naturedly shrugging his shoulders at the prospect of doing back-to-back sequels:
Yeah, two franchises…You want to do something you want to do, and you want to do something that people want you to do. You don’t want to just do a movie to be different…Right at the time, Transporter 3 and Crank 2 made the most sense because they’re the characters people like. People like to pigeonhole you into the corner of that’s all you can do, but they’re going to do that anyway…If everyone enjoys it, then great. You can never please everyone.
Before heading into sequel territory, Statham will be seen in the based-on-true-events The Bank Job, opening March 7.