Action man Jason Statham doesn't need an Oscar to cement his success, because his pal Sylvester Stallone has handed him something much better -- a role he wrote for himself.
The Brit, who teamed up with Stallone for the two "Expendables" films, reveals his next movie, "Homefront," was one his hero had planned to write and star in.
"He said, 'Listen, Jay, I'm not going to be able to do this. I'd love for you to do this,' and it was one of the greatest compliments I could ever get," Statham told Men's Fitness magazine. "Someone who wrote something for himself, who is a real class A filmmaker, class A screenwriter, just handed a project over to me. That was a great moment in my career."
In "Homefront," Statham will play a former agent battling crooks in a small U.S. town. The film, which Stallone adapted from a novel by Chuck Logan, will also feature Wynona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and James Franco.