Jason Statham has ruled himself out of the running to be the next James Bond.
At the premiere of his latest movie The Meg in Los Angeles on Monday, the British actor was asked if he would be interested in playing 007 if Daniel Craig decides to step down after his fifth outing as the revered spy.
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But Statham, best known for starring in action films such as Crank, Transporter and The Mechanic, threw cold water on the idea.
“No one is coming to me for that job,” he said.
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In The Meg, Statham, 51, plays a rescue diver tasked with saving a submarine crew trapped at the bottom of the ocean with a giant prehistoric shark.
He was joined on the red carpet by his fiancee, the British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 31.
The pair have a one-year-old son, Jack, and Statham joked about sneaking him into see The Meg.
He said: “When he’s big enough we’ll have to sneak him in under my jacket.”
When questioned what fans can expect from The Meg, which is named after the giant extinct shark the megalodon, Statham said: “You are going to love people getting eaten. And people like us not getting eaten.”