Jason Statham reveals his shark control technique

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 August 2018
Jason Statham

Jason Statham

British actor Jason Statham has revealed how he learned to control sharks while filming 'The Meg'

Jason Statham learned how to control sharks while filming 'The Meg'.

The 51-year-old actor's new film tells the story of a research crew who become stuck at the bottom of the ocean, and risk being killed by a 22-metre-long prehistoric shark called Megalodon, and Jason has now revealed what he learned about working with bull sharks during the shoot.

He shared: "These things don't mess about. If they want to get nasty, they get nasty. Take some tuna heads in a nice little bag, and a chain mail glove. And feed them."

Director Jon Turteltaub believes Jason was the perfect actor for 'The Meg'.

Speaking to USA Today newspaper, he explained: "When people hear 'giant shark movie,' they either say, 'I like it,' or roll their eyes.

"To make a giant shark movie have cinema quality, you need someone like Jason Statham. He grounds it, making the movie more believable, not more silly."

Meanwhile, Jason - who represented England in the Commonwealth games in 1993 for diving - previously claimed that his background made him a suitable choice for the movie.

He said: "I've been around swimming pools my whole life, and I learned to scuba dive when I made the first 'Transporter' with Luc Besson.

"I had an unorthodox lesson with a military free diver- someone who worked with Luc when he was making the big blue. I really got hooked, so I thought 'if I can get paid to do this and make a good story.'"

The Meg

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • China / US
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis
  • UK release: 10 August 2018

Jonas (Statham) is a diver who’s brought to an underwater research facility to rescue people from a sinister threat—the titular giant shark. It’s a $150m B-movie; the creature itself is no masterpiece, and the plot is ridiculous, but Statham carries off the outlandish premise with a confident performance in a role he was…

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