“From On-Set Drama to Box Office Success: How Jason Statham Took Over a $315 Million Action Franchise After Bruce Willis’ Departure”

Following their successful collaboration on The Fifth Element, Robert Mark Kamen and his writing partner were responsible for bringing Jason Statham’s The Transporter franchise to life. The success of The Fifth Element was noteworthy because it tackled subject matter that most big-budget sci-fi films had never attempted before. Thanks to Kamen and Besson’s intelligent screenplay, the movie was a major hit.

In 1997, Luc Besson faced a challenging situation while working with Bruce Willis on the movie The Fifth Element. He had to make an interesting compromise which will be revealed in this article. Due to Willis’ difficult attitude on set, Besson found it hard to work with him, and he even mentioned to Kamen that working with Willis was “very difficult.” As a result, Besson decided to try out an unknown actor, Jason Statham, on The Transporter instead of Willis. This decision proved to be a key moment in Statham’s rise to stardom.

Luc Besson and Bruce Willis made a deal while working on The Fifth Element. Besson noticed that Willis was not used to filming at such a quick pace, so he proposed they work four days a week instead of five. However, Willis had to sit next to Besson by the camera, and they would shoot intensely during those four days. Willis agreed to the deal, and Besson worked around his difficulty. Besson later told Uproxx that after working with Willis, he realized they needed to create their own movie stars, which they did with Jason Statham in The Transporter.

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Bruce Willis is known for being challenging to work with, as some filmmakers have reported that he can be argumentative, uncooperative, and demanding on set. Despite this reputation, it was actually Willis’ behavior that led to Jason Statham’s breakthrough role in a movie.

Jason Statham’s breakout role was in the 2002 French action thriller franchise “The Transporter,” which was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. The franchise has four films and a television series released between 2002 and 2015, with Statham playing the protagonist Frank Martin in the first three movies. The movies grossed nearly $315 million worldwide, and Statham reportedly earned $750,000 for the first movie alone. However, he was not seen in the fourth sequel, “The Transporter Refueled,” as the filmmakers wanted him to sign on for three more films without seeing a script and offered him less money than he would get paid for one. Statham stated that it was a business decision not to continue with the franchise.

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