Ranking Jason Statham’s Funniest Movie Moments
I recently wrote about how human boulder Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson should do more comedies because nothing’s funnier than a tough guy either making fun of himself, or delivering the most random, bonkers dialogue that would make comedians like Will Ferrell jealous. This is very much what everyone’s favorite gritty English actor Jason Statham does, and he does it so well. Granted, just like The Rock, Statham has been cast in more serious roles than comedic ones, but we hope that trend soon changes because it sure is fun watching him run his mouth while cursing in British. Here are some of the best comedy moments featuring the guy who once turned into a kaiju on screen.
Hobbs & Shaw: “Be A Good Elephant”
Did you know that elephants don’t really eat peanuts? Well, Deckard Shaw sure doesn’t, but his insults toward The Rock’s Hobbs still hit the funny notes. We wouldn’t mind seeing him doing that Irish jig for real while singing a song about bungholes or whatever.
Crank: High Voltage: Chev Chelios, You Dog
In which Chelios does the right thing and saves a dog from his sadistic owner by putting on the electric collar himself, and barking frantically while getting shocked. Not the most bizarre thing his character has done (by far), but certainly one of the funniest.
Spy: Rick Ford Goes To Sea
To absolutely no one’s surprise, this list is filled with scenes from the critically-acclaimed 2015 action comedy. We could easily do an entire article on Rick Ford's moments alone because the man is just as funny as his fellow comedy actors here. It’s Statham playing a total fool, and we dig it.
Hobbs & Shaw: “Access Denied”
Yes, the gag that sees Shaw unable to open the door as he scans one beaten-up dude after another was a cleverly written piece, but Statham’s face as his character tries to be all cool about the plan not working only elevates the funny.
Spy: Jason Statham And That Big Mustache
Dressed up as some European cop, Rick Ford gatecrashes the CIA operation in Budapest while wearing shoes that he can’t possibly function in. Also features some stellar White Guy dancing and a half-baked plan only Ford would come up with.
Snatch: “Zee Germans”
Statham’s running joke about Tommy’s apparent fear of “zee Germans” is a great bit, and his constant state of controlled vexation is simply delightful to watch. Also, he plays an Englishman named Turkish because Statham apparently doesn’t do characters with normal, boring names.
Hobbs & Shaw: “Projectile Vomiting”
While many of the insults Hobbs and Shaw throw at each other in this scene are of the low-hanging fruit variety, Statham’s line of The Rock’s face being so terrible that it feels like “God is projectile vomiting right in my eyes” is next-level OTT. His delivery is classic, especially that hint of mischief in the end.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: Opening Scene
Statham got to open his first-ever movie with a scene showing off his selling skills (Guy Ritchie cast him because Statham used to be an actual market seller). Experience is one thing, though — the way he offloaded joke after joke was immediate proof that the cockney can do comedy.
Crank: High Voltage: Power Station Scene
When it comes to Statham’s Crank movies, the comedy is found in the absurdity of, well, literally everything. This scene in High Voltage is filled with some hilarious moments — Statham leaping through the air in slow motion is a sight — but the best part is the choice of going full kaiju, only to look like Mickey Rourke and Frankenstein banged and made a baby.
Spy: Rick Ford’s Bogus Adventures, Take One
No field agent quite does it like Rick Ford. Or rather, no field agent quite does it like Rick Ford thinks he does. His poison-ingesting crime ring story is a hoot, but it’s his absolute clumsiness at most everything he does that makes him an all-time favorite action comedy character.
Spy: The Face/Off Machine
If you don’t want to see Jason Statham in an actual Face/Off movie, you’re lying. This guy is so intense.
Spy: Rick Ford’s Bogus Adventures, Take Two
Coming up with the most colorful way to build a computer, Rick Ford will clearly do anything for the job — even if it’s all in his head. It truly is a hard task deciding which of his bonkers claims are more impressive: Taking up piano at a late age, performing in a Cirque du Soleil show with two broken legs, or re-attaching his own arm. This is why every fan of both Statham and this movie will never stop dreaming of a sequel featuring McCarthy as a take-no-prisoners field agent and her rogue partner Rick Ford who's probably gone undercover in some Eurovision band.
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