The wealthiest and the biggest star of Hollywood, Jason Statham surprises everyone with his diving career. Jason had a very different career before hitting the big time as an actor.
The actor was a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for 12 years before he became a Hollywood hardman.
The action movie star used to lead a very different life, and he even represented England at the Commonwealth Games back in 1990.
He was 23 at the time, and although he competed in the 1m, 3m, and 10m events, he didn’t take home a medal at the games in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jason has appeared on the silver screen in countless blockbuster films, but fans might be surprised to know it was gold he was chasing after as a youngster.
The British actor had two passions during his youth – football and diving – and he made it to an impressively high level.
“And it was a great experience, you know, to travel the world and compete at a certain level. It teaches you discipline, focus, and certainly keeps you out of trouble,” he explained in a 2003 interview with IGN.
Jason was practicing in the pool daily and was a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for 12 years, although there is a “sore point” to his diving career.
At one stage, Jason was ranked as high as 12th in the world for platform diving but didn’t make it to the 1988 Seoul Olympics or the one for years later in Barcelona.
Ultimately, Jason realized that it was a struggle to make money as an amateur diver so he decided to give it up.
‘I started too late. It probably wasn’t my thing. I should have done a different sport,’ he said.