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Jason Statham Targets Susan Cooper
He's considering the Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy action comedy

22 October 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Though he’s perfectly capable of making people laugh in real life, on screen Jason Statham usually goes for gruff and serious. He’s looking to change all that, and do more than trade wannabe wisecracks with The Expendables, by considering a role in Paul Feig’s new project Susan Cooper.

Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, has Melissa McCarthy lined up to collaborate with once more, playing a secret agent in a film that promises to give a female spin to the bumbling Bond genre previously dominated by Leslie Nielsen and Rowan Atkinson.

Of course, the switch from action jabs to comedy chops can be a tough one for men who have usually stuck to post-kill bon mots, and Statham will need to be at the top of his game to match wits with McCarthy, who has proven she can think on her feet in any given situation. Still, the chance to appear as one of her fellow spies could be just what The Stath needs to crack open some new career opportunities. Just don’t sign up for The Pacifier 2, eh, Jason?

Statham will next be seen in more traditionally heroic mode for Homefront, and is currently playing the villain for Fast & Furious 7.


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