Jason Statham, Gay Action Hero?
So did Jason Statham play gay, or what?!
According to a film writer for the Los Angeles Times, Statham's Frank Martin character from the Transporter movie franchise was originally envisaged as being gay.
Louis Leterrier, the director of Transporter 2 (and also credited as "artistic director" of the first Transporter) told Chris Lee from the LA Times that he created a gay subtext for the Martin character so as to avoid making a "Steven Seagal kind of movie."
"If you watch the movie and you know he's gay, it becomes so much more fun," Leterrier said then. "It's so great - the first gay action movie hero!”
He continued: "Action fans in general are pretty homophobic. You see these tough guys who say, 'The Transporter, that's such a great movie!' If they only knew they're really cheering for a new kind of action hero.”
And to drive his point home, he mentioned a scene in Transporter 2 in which a drug czar's wife, played by Amber Valletta, makes romantic overtures toward the Transporter. Martin rebuffs her, explaining, "It's because of who I am."
Letterrier's take on that? "That's him coming out!"
Now with Transporter 3 coming out in cinemas, Lee asked Leterrier (who did not direct this latest movie) what he thought about the Martin character kissing a woman.
"I was sick over the weekend and my 2 Transporters were on, so I watched them and in fact they aren't that gay," Leterrier wrote. "But it makes for fun movie legends."
Still stokes our Statham fantasies though!