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Jason Statham knows where his bread is buttered: action films.

"I've never had a f——— acting lesson; no one's telling me how to act," he said. "Would it be better for Daniel Day-Lewis to play Lincoln than me? I think so. But no one's asked me to play Lincoln, and I'm not too worried about not getting the offer."

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But, he's branching out, taking a flyer on a comedy like his upcoming movie "Spy," although he's apprehensive about jumping into the comedy game.

"At least in making an action film, there's always going to be someone who wants to see a car chase," he said. "Even if a lot of the people don't like it, there will be a lot of people that do. But bad comedy is just garbage. But this works, and I give a lot of the credit—or all of the f——— credit—to Paul and the writing."

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Jason chatted with Esquire about all things "Spy," working with trained actors and his girlfriend, model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in the mag's June/July issue.


"We get drunk and float around the swimming pool," he hilariously said of his relationship.

Really though, he's just a no non-sense kind of guy. Even so, he doesn't mind working with trained actors.

"It doesn't annoy me, but it can be a little pretentious," he said. "So people warming up their vocal chords before a take, going 'Meh, meh, meh'? Sometimes I want to remind them, at the end of the day, they're just pretending to be somebody else. I'm used to selling f——— jewelry on the street. There's no pretense there."