Before Englishman Jason Statham became a household name as Handsome Rob in The Italian Job, he spent 12 years as a competitive diver for Britain's National Diving Squad. He was even at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. From there he was noticed by the media and was picked up by a modelling agency that specialized in sports modelling. He became a model for the French Connection brand of clothing. That led to music videos, which in turn led to movie roles.