Expendables 3: Jason Statham Nearly Died On Set, Jokes About Incident

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By Tanya Diente | August 7, 2014 1:21 PM EST

Sylvester Stallone recalled the terrifying moment when his "Expendables" co-star Jason Statham almost died during the filming of the third sequel of their action-packed movie however the actor played down any talk of death.

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Cast member Jason Statham arrives for the premiere of the film "Parker" in New York, January 23, 2013.

According to Mirror UK, the 68-year old action star revealed during the "Expendables 3" premiere in London that "Transporter" actor Jason Statham "faced death" while on the set of their movie.

Statham is known for doing his own stunts according to the site. So when he was "test-driving a three-ton truck" its brakes reportedly failed. According to Stallone, the truck "went down 60 feet into the Black Sea and became impaled." Fortunately, Jason Statham was instantly able to jump into safety, since according to Stallone the truck's doors were "taken off before."

"If anyone else had been in that truck we would have been dead because we were all wearing heavy boots and gun belts," Stallone recalled.

Jason Statham was reportedly spared from drowning and apparently from death because of his swimming skills. Stallone said if it was the other cast, they "would have drowned."

"But because Jason is an Olympic-quality diver he got out of it," he said.

But the 47-year old Jason Statham merely joked about any death talk with regard to his stunts as what The Independent reported. When asked about the worst casualties he had suffered from filming "Expendables 3," he jokingly replied, "I snapped a shoelace in the very first scene."

Sylvester Stallone on the other hand wasn't so lucky. According to Mirror UK, he went into surgery to have "some metal" put into his back. The actor said he "ended up really taking a fall" while filming "Expendables 3." But he claimed "he is getting better."

Meanwhile Sylvester Stallone also commented Statham on his looks during the London premiere of their movie.

"Jason looks great on camera. He is a great athlete. He learned on the street and is a bad ass for real," he said.

Jason Statham was spared from death while filming "Expendables 3" because of his background as an experienced diver. According to The Independent, he was an athlete before gaining stardom in the Guy Ritchie-directed gangster film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." He competed for England in the springboard and the platform diving competition in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland and New Zealand in 1990.


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Cast member Jason Statham arrives for the premiere of the film "Parker" in New York, January 23, 2013.
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