Transporting us to another time! Before he was the huge action star known for the Transporter movies and dating Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham was a competitive diver. A throwback clip of Statham diving made a splash online on Thursday, July 24.
Representing England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, the future actor’s toned and fit physique is in full view wearing a tight speedo. Unlike the signature bald look he sports today, Statham has a full head of hair.
Statham’s dives are shaky, and after receiving a low score, the footage shows him exhausted and leaning his head up against a wall—with the announcer pointing out that he looks “very dejected.”
Growing up, the British actor, now 46, was a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for 12 years. It would be eight years after that competition, and quitting diving, that he would be discovered by Guy Ritchie and cast in his 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Watch the throwback video above!
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