The 'Expendables' star tells Vanity Fair these 'unsung heroes' should get more recognition over 'some guy standing in front of a f---g green screen screwing his face up pretending like he's doing the stunt.'
Actor Jason Statham's greatest stunt may have been drawing attention to the real heroes of the action genre.
While promoting his upcoming film, "Homefront," in an interview with Vanity Fair, the British badass said stunt men and women deserve an Academy Award category if the "poncy actors" pretending to put themselves in danger can win statuettes,
"I think it is an overlooked category," Statham told the magazine, "(considering) how much responsibility these coordinators have for some of the greatest entertainment in action movies.
"These are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility," he added. They're risking their necks. And then you've got poncy actors pretending like they're doing (the stunts.) For me, t's a total injustice."
"Fast & Furious 7" stunt coordinator Jack Gill has been fighting an unsuccessful batle for the past two decades to get a new category installed.
To date only one stunt performer has won an Oscar, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and that was an honorary award in 1966 for the legendary Yakima Canutt, who performed many of John Wayne's most famous stunts and choreographed the famous "Ben-Hur" chariot race scene.
"They're the ones getting busy. Then you have some guy standing in front of a f---g green screen screwing his face up pretending like he's doing the stunt," Statham told Vanity Fair. "To me, it's like a farce."
Statham, though, is far from a garden-variety "poncy actor" himself and does plenty of his own stunts — even when they're not in the script..
"The truck goes over the dock, into the Black Sea with Jason Statham driving," said Crews.
While the cast and crew were freaking out, Statham, a former Olympic-level diver for Great Britain, surfaced and nonchalantly swam back to shore.