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Statham: I like fighting in films

Jason Statham has revealed he has no problem with being labelled as an action man.

The 45-year-old does most of his own stunts in films such as The Expendables, The Transporter and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.

"I really do enjoy kicking butt, because it's expressive," he said. "One of my favourite actors was Bruce Lee because he had more emotional expression through his physicality than most actors can do by opening their mouth."

While his new film Hummingbird isn't heavy on stunts, Jason admitted he enjoys throwing some punches throughout the film.

"I do enjoy the physicality because it's part of this guy. If you're playing a Special Forces chap, you gotta know how to fight," he said.

"It's no good coming out of Rada and doing a few push-ups. That's not gonna work. It's a lot easier pretending how to act than it is to pretend how to fight."

Doing his own stunts has proved perilous over time, but he brushes off the injuries as a consequence of doing what he loves.

"I've gotten hurt, yeah. I've pulled joints out of place and usually the ligaments and tendons take a long time to heal," he recalled. "It's tough, but when you're making action films, you gotta put yourself out for the stakes, knocks and bruises and silly things like that. But I enjoy it - it's what I do.

"We're playing heroes, and it's great to actually play a guy that used to be a hero. These are the real heroes of our culture and society. It's a privilege to play one so you can't lose sight of the good they do and the commitment they have."

:: Hummingbird is in cinemas now.

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