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Jason Michael Statham (born 12 September 1972) is an English actor, known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Revolver; and Snatch.

Statham also appeared in supporting roles in several American films, such as The Italian Job, as well as playing the lead role in The Transporter, Crank, The Bank Job, Death Race, and in War opposite martial arts star Jet Li.

Statham was born in Sydenham, south-east London. He was the second son of a lounge singer and dressmaker-turned-dancer.

He grew up initially following in his parents' footsteps to master the art of street theatre. He also played football for the local grammar school (1978-83), but his real passion was diving -- in particular, he finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He was also a member of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve years.

Statham's life in media began when he was spotted by a talent agent specializing in athletes while training at London's Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection where he was introduced to fledgling British director Guy Ritchie. Ritchie was working on a film project and needed to fill the role of a street-wise con artist. After learning about Statham's past, Ritchie cast him to play the role of "Bacon" in Ritchie's breakout 1998 hit, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The movie was well received by both critics and audiences, which helped catapult the unknown actor into the public eye. Statham's second collaboration with Ritchie came in the 2000 film Snatch.Cast alongside popular actors Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Benicio del Toro, and with the movie earning more than $80 million in box-office revenues, Statham was able to break into Hollywood and appeared in two movies in 2001: Ghosts of Mars and The One.

Statham was offered more film roles, and in 2002 was cast as the lead role of driver Frank Martin in the action movie The Transporter, in which his background in martial arts enabled him to do most of his own stunts. A sequel, Transporter 2, followed in 2005. A third Transporter film was released in 2008, with Jason reprising his previous role again. He also appeared in supporting roles in The Italian Job (2003) (in which he played Handsome Rob) and Cellular (2004), and had a cameo in Collateral before taking the lead role in Crank (2006).

Statham compares his role in Crank to his real life in the September 2006 issue of Maxim Magazine In 2005, Statham was once again cast by Ritchie to star in his new project, Revolver, and also starred in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, which was released in the U.S. in 2008. His most recent releases were the action films Death Race and Transporter 3. Statham's upcoming releases include Crank: High Voltage.

Statham is currently developing a film written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples (Twelve Monkeys). Titled The Grabbers, the film (according to Statham) will be in the same vein as Humphrey Bogart’s classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Statham said “We’ve got a movie we’re trying to do, written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples, in the vein of an old film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It’s not a remake or anything, but it’s a little bit like that, about relationships and how greed contaminates the relationships these three people have. The working title is The Grabbers.

Ciao (Love gay movie)

Two men meet and fall in love under the least joyous of circumstances in this low-key drama from writer and director Yen Tan.

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Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) has been close friends with Mark most of his life, so when Mark unexpectedly dies, Jeff volunteers to clear out Mark’s apartment and tie up the loose ends of his personal business.

Z While examining Mark’s correspondence, Jeff learns that he had been exchanging flirtatious e-mails for some time with Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an Internet designer from Italy who made plans to come to America and meet Mark in person — and he’s due to arrive only three days after Mark’s passing. Jeff is unable to reach Andrea before he leaves, and ends up meeting the traveler at the airport, passing along the sad news to him. Andrea now has three days to pass in Mark’s hometown of Dallas before his flight home, and Jeff offers to show him around the town.

Over the next 72 hours, an attraction develops between Jeff and Andrea, based in part on their shared affection for a man they knew in very different ways. Ciao was an official entry at the 2008 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Ciao Movie Review and Critic

A contemplative grace note in NewFest’s raucous chorus of self-affirmation, this muted two-hander traces a three-day mourning interlude linking a dead man’s lifelong platonic pal to the deceased’s Italian lover-in-waiting. Helmer Yen Tan (”Happy Birthday”) relies on the contrasting thesping styles of the two leads and a cool, minimalist aesthetic (fixed camera placements within emptying frames) to flesh out his mood piece’s slender plot. As full of sexual tension as it is devoid of sexual activity, “Ciao” qualifies as a quietly charged change of pace for the gay fest circuit.

The Italian word “ciao” can mean both “hello” and “goodbye.” It’s an apt title for the wonderful new movie, Ciao, which is about both saying hello and saying goodbye —and how one man uses the act of saying hello to say goodbye. It sounds complicated, but it’s not. Jeff, who lives in Dallas, is dealing with the recent accidental death of his best friend, Mark. In reviewing some of Mark‘s email, Jeff finds evidence of what was ahidden, online romance between Mark and a man in Italy, Andrea. They were even planning on meeting for the first time, with Andrea coming to stay with Mark for the upcoming weekend.

Ciao Data Information
Movie Title : Ciao
Tagline : 400 million people were waiting for the truth.
Director : Yen Tan
Writer : Yen Tan, Alessandro Calza
Movie Released : December 5, 2008
Movie Genre : Drama
Plot Keywords: Gay | Mcmahon | Calza | Texas | Dallas
Cast: Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza, Ethel Lung, Chuck Blaum, Chuck S. Boles