Why Famous: Statham came to initial prominence in the films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). These films and other roles led him to being typecast in the role of the antihero, typically playing tough guy and Machiavellian characters in films.
His other roles include The Transporter trilogy (2002–08). After starring in a variety of heist and thriller films such as The Italian Job (2003), Crank (2006), War (2007), The Bank Job (2008), The Mechanic (2011), Spy (2015), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). With these he became a top Hollywood draw, and established himself further by appearing in the Fast and Furious franchise.