Jason Statham survives sea plunge car crash on Expendables 3 set

Jason Statham survives sea plunge car crash on Expendables 3 set

Jason Statham doesn’t just act the hard man. The British actor has casually escaped a “near-death experience” on the set of ‘The Expendables 3’ that left his action-hardened co-stars in shock.

Speaking to ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, fellow Expendable Terry Crews, who co-stars in the Stallone-led movie, revealed the how the team were shooting a scene when a truck Statham was driving plunged into the Black Sea.

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“I had a near-death experience,” began Crews. “We were doing a stunt and Jason Statham was driving the truck, and we were supposed to be on the back of this truck. For some reason we’re over there talking, sipping smoothies and he gets in the truck… We’re in Varna, Bulgaria, on the edge of the Black Sea, he literally was supposed to stop the truck, we [get out and] shoot the whole thing. “

“Well, the truck doesn't stop! The truck rolls over the dock, into the Black Sea with Jason Statham driving!”

"Now, this is the thing,” admitted the former NFL star. “In your mind, you have an action film where you're like, if that happens I'm gonna grab the truck, I'm gonna do all this stuff. [But] I was like [screaming] 'Jason! Jason!’”

"I'm in a heap on the ground, he's in the water, in the truck! Now we are freaking out. Everybody's screaming, I'm [crying], and literally he gets out, swims to the top and the truck is gone. And we're supposed to be on the back of that thing, I was supposed to be on that!"

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He added: "He gets back, they dry his clothes, and they're just like: 'We're going to shoot it again, we're going to shoot some more.' I'm like, 'What?' Let me tell you something, Jason Statham, he is a true bad, bad, badass… I couldn’t believe it!”

“It seems to me Jason Statham had the near-death experience,” host Leno laughed at Crews. “What you did is you watched a near-death experience!”

‘The Expendables 3’, co-starring starring Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is out in the UK 15 August 2014. Until then, here's lucky-escape Statham discussing what he calls his "one dimensional" roles.