Hogging the Spotlight
Jason Statham is known nowadays for being one of the best action-movie stars in Hollywood, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves. Before he was starring in movies like Crank and the Fast & Furious series, he was actually both a model and a competitive diver. He spent over 10 years on Britan’s National Swimming Squad, and even competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Jason Lee is probably best known for his role in Almost Famous or his portrayal of Earl in the TV series My Name is Earl. However, people probably didn’t know that he’s actually a skateboard enthusiast. He’s participated in a number of different competitions and he’s established his own company that produced skateboards before he even started acting.
Terry Crews is known for being a huge, funny, macho man in Hollywood right now, but he actually has a pretty big background in sports. In 1991 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round. He then moved on and had stints with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and the NFL Europe team the Rhein Fire. After his career fizzled out, he turned to acting.
Some celebrities do a good job of playing athletes on the big screen, but these had a head start.