Jason Statham on ‘The Fate of the Furious’ and Shaw’s future

There’s no one in the world who can tell him to do anything apart from one person, and that’s his mum. They feel quite familiar and quite strong, about who they want to let into the franchise and who they don’t. “I killed Han,” says Statham. You’ve been doing it for awhile now! Well, exactly! I met her a few times back then. Shaw was seeking vengeance – and he was first introduced in the sixth film, killing off a beloved character. We even meet his mother – who happens to be played by Helen Mirren. I don’t want to spoil what they’ve got coming, but they’ve got some really good stuff coming. We know a little bit about him. So I’ve never really come to terms with being able to refer to myself as an actor! [laughs]
You and Dwayne Johnson have some great bantering standoffs in this movie. “Oh know, he did that? Chris told me there are a few things we could shock people with, regarding Deckard. Can we know a lot more? We’ve already met his mom. What was it like working with her on that scene? They could be beating each other up for fun. I was an athlete, I was a sportsman, I used to work on the street, I was a streetcorner con man selling perfume and jewelry. There is plenty of more room to bring Deckard in and find out more about him. The fans are almost like their own family. It’s great to not have rotten fruit thrown at me. I’m excited about what’s to come. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your interaction like with fans of the series after you played the villainous role in   Furious Seven? There are some specifics that [screenwriter Chris Morgan] was talking about. Show Full Article JASON STATHAM:   I’ve had a really good response from the fans. When you get someone as adored and as talented as Helen Mirren, it really gives you a lot of weight behind a role. She’s a real sweetheart. They’ve followed these people for seven, eight movies now. Deckard Shaw plays quite a tough chap. Whether they can fight down the line: Who knows? I worked with her husband, Taylor Hackford, years ago when I did a movie called Parker with Jennifer Lopez. He’s responsible for this?” He loves to shock people. There are not many people who can tell him what to do and how to do it. Of course, we can. That would include Helen and, obviously… [long pause] I’m not gonna say anything! They’re not going to bring your mum in unless there’s something down the line. I never went to drama school, I never went to anything that would give me any idea on what to do in front of a camera. It’s great, y’know? Are Hobbs and Shaw friends now? He’s remembering how it felt when he played the bad guy in   Furious Seven, when his character, Deckard Shaw, chased   the Toretto crew around   the world. While his nemesis Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) warms up to his former sparring partner, Shaw rescues Dominic Toretto’s son from the clutches of Cipher (Charlize Theron). Coming back to play the character in this film, did you yourself learn a bit more about his backstory? Without giving the story away, even if they became really close — and there is a certain charm between the two of them now — they still want know who’s the best, who’s the toughest, who’s the hardest. Might be something that gets explored in future films. There’s a real oneupmanship. What’s it been like joining up with such a large blockbuster franchise? I sort of did it and learned it as I went along. There’s so much opportunity for what we can understand about where the Shaw family is really from, what they’re really capable of, and stuff. I don’t want to be the one to unravel the spoilers. [laughs] Anyway, that’s another story. That sequence between you and Helen Mirren is a lot of fun. “If you’re a fan, that’s not a good thing!”
But in The Fate of the Furious – now in theaters, so   SPOILERS FROM HERE – Deckard does a few good things. “I expected to walk down the red carpet, and be dodging rotten fruit and spit,” says Jason Statham. Just to have someone like that as your mum is fantastic. We talked to Statham about   Shaw’s mysterious past – and the possibilities of his future. So it always seems strange and weird to say, “I’m an actor.” I fell into the business almost by mistake, by sheer chance. But there’s some really interesting stuff that could keep people that like these big sorts of dramatic reveals [happy]. And yet, you put him in the room with his mum   and next thing you know, she’s slapping him ’round the chops, kicking him up the arse, and saying, “Right, go and do this,” and he jumps to it. As an actor…   [laughs] I don’t really see myself as an actor, it’s funny me saying that. I never had any intention to be an actor. These last couple movies especially have become such huge, global productions.