"JASON STATHAM, an international star best known for his hard-hitting action films, most recently starred in HUMMINGBIRD, Steven Knight's (EASTERN PROMISES' screenwriter) directorial debut and produced by Paul Webster. Before HUMMINGBIRD, Statham could be seen in PARKER (based on Donald Westlake's novel) opposite Jennifer Lopez, and reprised his role as Lee Christmas in THE EXPENDABLES 2. Statham surprised fans by appearing at the end of FAST & FURIOUS 6, building anticipation for him joining Vin Diesel and Dawyne "The Rock" Johnson in the next installment of this massive film franchise.
Born in Sydenham, England, Statham became a member of the British national diving team as one of their top divers, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent. He eventually met director Guy Ritchie who cast Statham in his film debut as Bacon in LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998)."
Other members of the hall of fame include Cynthia Rothrock, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger and The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry.
" Just a few weeks before the new “RoboCop” movie arrives, Detroit’s anticipated RoboCop statue is ready for the next leap on its road to completion.
Work will begin soon on creating the molds necessary for casting the 10-foot-tall bronze version of the title character from the 1987 cult hit, human-robot Detroit cop Alex Murphy.
“The most important part is now,” Giorgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works in Detroit, a noted artist and sculpture restorer, said Saturday.
A small team overseen by Gikas will make sand molds of about 15 large foam pieces — each about 2 to 4 feet in length — that make up RoboCop.
The months-long process is key to the structural integrity and look of the statue, according to Venus Bronze Works assistant Kathryn Carey.
The molds will capture intricate details such as RoboCop’s teeth and grooves in his metallic armor. Each large foam piece may require many separate molds.
“It could be an eight-part mold for this foot,” said Carey, holding the big foam version of RoboCop’s boot.
Project manager Brandon Walley of Imagination Station, a nonprofit in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that raised more than $60,000 for the statue through an online Kickstarter campaign, said the plan is to secure a location in the spring and install the statue by the fall.
Across the Board Creations of British Columbia and Idaho used 3D scanning to fabricate the pieces for the 10-foot foam version, based on a lifesize model provided by Fred Barton Productions of California.
The remake of “RoboCop” opens Feb. 12 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson."