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The British actor has been credited with the popular resurgence of action movies in the 2000s – but before he was cast as Bacon in 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which was his breakthrough role, he was a professional diver (selected to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games) and model. He caught Guy Ritchie’s eye and his interest when he found out about Statham’s real-life experience as a black-market salesman, and this partly what made him perfect for the role of Bacon.

And since then, if there’s been a British dark comedy heist movie made, Statham’s been on the bill. Stream these four movies on Showmax whenever you need a gritty action-thriller fix.

1. The Bank Job (2008)

The Bank Job on Showmax

Based on the real-life 1971 Baker Street robbery, this heist thriller stars Jason Statham as shady car dealer Terry. Model Martine convinces Terry to rob a room of safety deposit boxes containing cash, jewellery and dark secrets. Watch now »

2. Revolver (2005)

Revolver on Showmax

This Guy Ritchie cult thriller delivers a strong dose of physical action, cons, special effects and … a search for self-worth. Jason Statham is an ex-con who’s learned a formula while in prison to win any game. Watch now »

3. In the Name of the King (2007)

In the Name of the King on Showmax

Fans of the Dungeon Siege video game will see it brought to life in this action-packed fantasy film. A family man named Farmer is on a quest to take action against the evil Krugs who killed his son and kidnapped his wife. In the Name of the King 2, starring Dolph Lundgren, is also on Showmax. Watch now »

4. The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job on Showmax

More of an homage to the original 1969 film than a remake. This time around, a band of thieves plots revenge against an ex-associate in the form of a high-stakes gold heist. Watch it for the epic car chase scene through LA. Watch now »

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