Well, not really.
That movie ain't gonna happen soon.
Jason Michael Statham was discovered by Guy Ritchie(Madonna's former hubby) in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels back in 1998. Major leading roles include The Transporter, Crank, The Bank Job, War, and my recent favorite Death Race.
Mark Sinclair Vincent aka Vin Diesel stars in successful Hollywood films like The Fast and the Furious, xXx, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Aside from acting, he was also a writer, producer, and director.
It was in The Transporter when I first heard about Jason Statham, and I really liked that film (the black suit and the driver thing was too cool to miss), and his martial arts are those used in military training instead of kung fu(which kind of wears me down after sometime).
I thought he would become a one-hit wonder, but then came Crank and Bank Job, and I have become one of his inspired copy-cat lads who wants to follow his footsteps. I thought I have seen all of his great movies until Death Race was shown in theaters. This guy could do no wrong.
On the other hand, Diesel has starred in OK movies, but most of them were considered by action fans to be flicks, or not something to be serious about.
Knowing he's a writer, producer, and director, I was expecting really engaging action roles, but based on the movies he's starred lately (like the utterly nonsense xXx and the totally ridanculous Riddick), I think Diesel would choose his upcoming roles more wisely if he's serious not to be labeled another poor man's action star.
It's like he's all angst and pose, but no substance.
Statham's got a energy to be spending on martial arts, acting, football, modeling (for French Connection UK, or the famous fcuk), and diving (He was a member of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve years.), so don't blame him for falling in the macho alpha male braquet because he deserves to be.
You know Jason is "serious" when you see him in films, and respect for this guy is well earned for all the hardwork(and entertainment) he's brought into the screen.
When I first saw Diesel with his brawny aura, I thought he was intimidating. 30 minutes after watching xXx, the intimidation changed into indignation. It was plain bad. The plot has been rehearsed many times for secret agent roles: The Agent was fired during a case but Agent heads out to solve it, and then Agent wins and he was recognized by the organization at last (see Agent Cody Banks or White Chicks or Pink Panther).
Jason Statham is no wanabee. He's an expert in fighting, and in his movie roles, he does not want stunt men doing some dangerous moves (talk about professionalism).
On the other hand, I have searched for Diesel's fighting background on the internet for 30 minutes, and all I found was him having interests in the online MMORPG World of Warcraft (suwishh). And so, it is clear who kick's better between the two.
Obviously, it's not all about the hype because Diesel might get all the attention in the US, Statham was eyeing something beyond flick, and that is recognition through great movie roles and fantastic action credibility. That's what I think will bring longevity in the film industry. More roles like Bank Job and The Transporter, soon he'll say bye-bye to competition.