It’s no secret that the Oscars are one of the longest most tedious events of the year. It’s usually just three hours of nonsense with about two actually minutes of people around the country caring as if it’s not one of the big six big categories, audiences usually tune out .
But those inside Hollywood foam at the mouth for Oscars and it’s rare that someone has something genuinely progressive to say about them. Jason Statham is trying to start an effort to get a new category added to the Oscars that honors the unsung heroes of productions — the stuntmen.
Statham, who got his start as an actor who did his own stunts and has a long history with the stuntmen of Hollywood, went on a mini-rant in which he blasted ‘poncy’ actors who pretend to do the dangerous stunts that the stuntmen risk their lives to help make happen.
“All of the stunt men — these are the unsung heroes. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts].”
He has a point and it’s one that’s been made in the past, albeit without much follow through. It’s rare to hear of an actor dying on the set of a film but it’s almost accepted when a stuntman is killed. It’s a double standard that Hollywood hardly wants to address, as despite literally dying for their craft, stuntmen are still clearly viewed as lower than actors.
It’s something that needs to change and hopefully Statham can kickstart a campaign to get stuntmen honored at the Oscars, something that is long overdue.