‘The Transporter: Refueled’ Producers Devalue Jason Statham; Franchise Loses Fans Due To Statham’s Aching Absence
Fans of the “Transporter” franchise gave their reaction about the upcoming “The Transporter: Refueled” recently. Can the film still be a blockbuster hit without Jason Statham? Read on for more details.
Various fans got disappointed after knowing Jason Statham won’t be starring at “The Transporter: Refueled.”
User Ben La Fontaine said over the film’s official Facebook page that without Jason Statham, it meant no “The Transporter.” Rocky Ramirez also gave three thumbs down after the franchise decided to the actor out.
“[It] Is like ‘Rambo’ without Stalone, ‘Terminator’ without Arnold, ‘Home Alone’ without Culkin, ‘Bundy’ without Al,” Todoran Lonel said.
Erick Decker also said he won’t be seeing “The Transporter: Refueled.”
It’s not a wonder why diehard fans of the film reacted this way, with The BitBag implying Statham’s portrayal of Frank Martin could not be compared. The outlet said that Statham successfully represented a character that was cold and hard, making Frank and “The Transporter” franchise a world-class phenomenon.
Despite “Game of Thrones” Ed Skrein replacing Statham as the next Frank and showing a decent cold and hard face that Statham naturally had, Screen Crush also found Skrein inadequate, saying “he’s very much not Statham. Sorry, guy.”
It seemed fans badly missed Statham. But why did the 48-year-old action star skipped “The Transporter” reboot film?
In an interview with Vulture, Statham revealed it was a business decision. Specifically, because of the less pay.
Statham said the franchise was only offering him less share for three movies than he usually gets in doing a single film. And he could not even get to see the script.
Statham really wanted to do the film, but to sign on and be paid for just that was for him a pittance.
“I just couldn’t see the value in that,” Jason Statham sad.
“The Transporter: Refueled” is set to be released on Setp. 4, 2015.
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