Jason Statham was born on July 26 1967, but it was another 40 years and 13 days before anyone called him "The Stath". The nickname's origin was innocuous enough: it was a jokey aside in a 2007 Empire magazine article about the forthcoming, Statham-starring remake of Death Race 2000. But within 18 months, "The Stath" was being regularly deployed by fans and journalists alike, and sounded a little less ironic every time.

Like an English version of his precursors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, with whom he was about to appear in the greased-up macho throwback The Expendables, The Stath

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