Jason Statham Calls for Stunt-Actor Oscar Category

Jason Statham Calls for Stunt-Actor Oscar Category

British action star often does his own stunts and knows how hard the job truly is

Jason Statham hopes to stoke a growing fire under the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to finally recognize stunt actors with their own Oscar category.

“All of the stunt men — these are the unsung heroes,” Statham said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you've got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts].”

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Statham can hardly be counted among those “poncy” actors. The British action star started as a martial artist and diver before landing his first role in Guy Ritchie’s “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” and he regularly performs his own stunts.

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When legendary stuntman and director Hal Needham died in October, the outpouring of grief from Hollywood was enormous. Yet Needham was never eligible for recognition from the Academy for pioneering some of the most famous stunts in cinema history — only receiving an honorary Oscar in 2012.

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“For me, it’s a total injustice,” Statham said. “[Stunt actors are] the ones getting busy. Then you have some guy standing in front of a fucking green screen screwing his face up pretending like he’s doing the stunt. To me, it’s like a farce. I have a real frustration with that because I know these coordinators. I train with them all the time and they are incredibly talented.”

  • Andy

    He's absolutely right. Jack Gill has been banging the drum about this with the Academy for years but just getting doors slammed (metaphorically) in his face. Why there are Oscars for VFX and not stunts is bizarre.

    • Rayquaza

      its stupid how they award people for being good at editing (pretty much who has the best computer skills) as opposed to someone doing real and dangerous performances

      • Gregory Marshall Smith

        Maybe because editing is more than just pressing a few buttons. It's putting together hundreds of hours of film into something coherent (and, frankly, incoherent). That said, I can see Stunts as a technical category.

      • astralislux

        Wow…you know nothing about film.

      • Allan Oberrender

        WOW Rayquaza. you, are a stupid, ignorant fool. how about the next time you watch anything, ANYTHING, remember your stupid, STUPID, IGNORANT, vegitable-boarding-mentally incapable comment.

        then stop watching it, because you're obviously incapable of comprehending the syllabus of the dialogue.

        EDIT: and I would happily say this to your face if we were in person and you had a gun to my face. I would still happily say it.

        • Admoss

          Jeez Allen, calm down. Editing is hugely important and his comment displayed ignorance of that but get some perspective. What is “vegitable-boarding” by the way?

        • Nick L

          That is a FREAKY amount of anger for a stranger on the internet. Seriously, step away from the computer. Drink a smoothie. Go knit something.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          LOL @ Vegitable. And you probably consider yourself intelligent.

        • md9333

          he made a dumb comment on a forum, its not that serious. calm down dude, sounds like you need a vacation.

        • Gunsrscarydumbass

          No you wouldn't you would shit your pants and beg for your miserable life. I love these dumbasses who think they would be all tough like this with a gun in their face…. they make me laugh.

      • mooiemooie

        Rayquaza, you should know that Statham would likely think not having an Oscar for editing is just as dumb as not having one for stunts.

        Editing is an incredible art that can literally take a movie from being a total disaster to Best Picture-worthy. Behind director and writer, it may be the third most influential role on a film in terms of impact on the complete product (and that's ignoring that sometimes it can be even more than that).

        • Scoprionis

          Well, I agree with you that Editing is influential but for bigger movies, the music composer and casting directors are just as important as having the wrong actor or music for a certain scene would make it much worse…

      • pau

        Sir, you are an imbecile

      • Daniel

        This is a pretty dumb comment. Made me laugh though.

  • Allan Oberrender

    I agree. I'm in.

  • James

    “Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts].”

    Well when you put it like that… You've got a point.

    • kabakov keats

      He's quite right. Though to have stuntpeople taking away even a bit of the ”A-List” actor's glory at the Oscars still seems unthinkable. Tom Cruise is always portrayed as doing his own stunts and risking his life for idiocies like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2, but Michael Caine famously said decades ago this is not to be believed. Today's action movies probably have 50 percent actor and 50 precent stunt double. Probably 75 percent if they're masked. Sorry, Batman. Starring Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger and Michael Keaton's chin…

  • Clint Eastwood's double

    “Well, I'm the unknown stuntman who makes Clint Eastwood look so fine.” (theme song to the ‘Fall Guy')

  • Hachi Ko

    My only question is…
    Why didn't they already create this category for Jackie Chan, like 15 years ago?

  • Dr_HousePL

    Jason Stuntham is right!

  • Jim

    Good idea. But I get a feeling that there will be complaints stating that “this stunt had less cable usage or less LIVE explosives or less danger” and that Stuntman (or stuntmen) won the Oscar.

    • Daniel Lambert

      Just like the degrees of difficulty in the Olympics, huh? That could be motivating though…

  • NOuh

    WOW Rayquaza. you, are a stupid, ignorant fool. how about the next time you watch anything, ANYTHING, remember your stupid, STUPID, IGNORANT, vegitable-boarding-mentally incapable comment.

    then stop watching it, because you're obviously incapable of comprehending the syllabus of the dialogue.

    EDIT: and I would happily say this to your face if we were in person and you had a gun to my face. I would still happily say it.

    http://www.arabeandroid.tk/

  • peter

    Haha the only category he would have a chance…

    • Logic.

      He's not advocating actors like himself, he's trying to get recognition for the stand-in stunt men/women.

  • Super Dan 1982

    I am in total agreement with statham however Hollywood will never go for it for three reasons 1)Because studios will feel that it takes away the appeal of A list actors and the a list actors are afraid it will erode there credibility.2)studios are afraid that by recognizing stunt performers the stunt performers who win awards could command high salary increases and a list actors are afraid to lose a slice of the money 3)The academy awards are long as it and network and affiliates are afraid it detracts from the regular programming lineup and a longer show equals lower ratings.
    I hope they do get it but again the industry execs and stars will do its best to keep it from happening