Character: Deckard Shaw
Appearances: Fast & Furious 6 (2013, cameo), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Statham was no stranger to big-budget action films when he joined the franchise in Fast & Furious 6 as the brother of the villainous Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Statham’s Deckard Shaw—one of our 25 most physically dominating movie villains of all time—goes head-to-head with Diesel’s Dom Toretto in the seventh film. In Fate of the Furious, though, Shaw is forced to team up with Hobbs and the crew to find out why Toretto turned on his family while under the sway of Cipher (Charlize Theron).
15. Statham doesn’t just use the gym to stay in shape. Sometimes he hits the water: “I like to wakeboard, I like to [do] all those nutty things on a jet ski. Windsurfing. Waterskiing. I’ve done almost every kind of martial art along the way,” Statham told Men’s Fitness. “I’ve tried so many things. If someone said, ‘Do you want to learn to go rock climbing?’ I’d be there.”
16. To prepare for major roles like Shaw, Statham trains on a hardcore program for two months before filming. Depending on the role, he’ll either bulk up, or lean down. For Death Race, Statham went from 189 lbs to 168 in 11 weeks using interval-based training; for The Killer Elite, where he played a Navy SEAL, Statham did brutal sessions with the rowing machine, then pushups, pullups, squats, and barbell front squats.
"We never do the same thing twice," Statham told Men’s Fitness. "We mix it up. You know how you know a good workout? When right before you do it, you're like, 'Oh, fuck, that's gonna kill.' Because you can't hide in this gym. You can't hide from what's ahead of you."
17. Statham can really hold his own in a fight. Based on the trailer for Fast 8, he’ll have to try and do that against Johnson’s very angry Luke Hobbs, but when he’s training for his movies, he frequently gets into the ring for some boxing and knocks the crap out of his targets when he’s kickboxing.
18. To get his shredded six-pack, Statham does planks while hanging out by the pool.
19. Statham is straight-up going to fight a gigantic prehistoric shark in his new movie Meg, in which he plays a U.S Navy diver. He’s been hitting the gym particularly hard to prepare for that role.
20. Before he became a badass action star, Statham kept himself in peak shape while competing as a member of Britain's National Diving Squad. Statham competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games for England before he started blowing up cars and battling bad guys on the big screen.