– by Seth McDonald

While Jason Statham has kicked a whole lot of ass on the big screen, his foes have mostly been other human beings. That will all change in his upcoming film, Meg, in which he will face off with 75ft prehistoric shark. And of course, Statham got in the water with actual sharks prior to shooting, and we would expect nothing less from him. The actor told Entertainment Weekly about his meeting with the sharks.

“On the early stages of the prep, we took a trip to Fiji, and we went diving with some bull sharks. They hand-feed them and it’s a spectacular thing to see. These things are three meters in length, huge big things. There were 20 or 30 of these things, and they were hand-feeding [them] big tuna heads, and we got very, very close, and it was a spectacular moment. To swim in close proximity to a big, three-meter shark, is to be recommended to all and everyone.”

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The fearless Statham continued:

“You know, it’s funny, because you get anxiety when you’re on the boat, but once you get in the ocean, things take a very different turn. You get very relaxed, and when you’re in their environment, it’s quite a tranquil sort of thing, the anxiety goes away completely. It’s remarkable to experience. All of the fear — or the perceived fear — is done in your own head before you get down there with them. Once you’re swimming down there with all the other divers, it’s phenomenal. It’s one of the greatest experiences you could have, for me anyway. I’m a big SCUBA diver fanatic. Wherever I am in the world, if I get a chance to get in the ocean, I do.”

One sure fire way to get me to watch a movie is to tell me the plot revolves around Jason Statham going toe-to-toe with a prehistoric shark. Granted, Meg probably won’t get a best picture nom next year, but sometimes movies aren’t about brilliant screenplays and compelling performances, sometimes they’re about having a good time at the theater, which Meg seems like it is going to be.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly