Jason Statham is the Voice Behind Tybalt in ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’

Get to know more about action star Jason Statham, the voice behind Tybalt in the animated comedy "Gnomeo & Juliet."

Action superstar Jason Statham (“The Transporter” and “Crank” film series) provides the voice of Tybalt, in Touchstone Pictures’ new animated comedy “Gnomeo & Juliet” in which Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover featuring garden gnomes as principal characters.

Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, “Gnomeo & Julliet” also features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the lovestruck gnomes who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

Juliet’s cousin Tybalt is a big, teenage bully of a gnome. This passionate Red is Gnomeo’s arch rival; he hates the Blues and will stop at nothing to get his way, no matter what the collateral damage. A thug, liar and cheat, Tybalt has no respect for even Lord Redbrick’s authority.

He’s completely unaware of his own incompetence, however, which makes Tybalt not only unlikable but a bit laughable. “He’s an oaf in our story,” says Asbury. “Tybalt is not a nice guy and it catches up with him.”

“Jason is a great action star with this tough-guy image that I really loved,” says the director, “and I thought Tybalt should be that. Jason gave us a really great textural voice for that character and it plays beautifully.”

Jason Statham was born in Sydenham, England, and initially made his mark as one of the top divers on the British diving team, eventually placing 12th in the world. While he trained at the famed Crystal Palace National Sports Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent and he eventually met the executive producer of the film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Statham then had a meeting with director Guy Ritchie, who gave him his first role as one of the stars of the film.

Statham went on to work with Ritchie again in “Snatch,” in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. In 1992, Statham was cast by French filmmaker Luc Besson in the title role of Frank Martin in “The Transporter.” Following, he starred as Handsome Rob in the 2003 summer blockbuster “The Italian Job,” directed by F. Gary Gray, and as the adrenaline-compromised action hero of “Crank.” Statham reprised his role of Frank Martin in “Transporter 2” and re-teamed with Jet Li in “War.”

In 2008, Statham starred in Roger Donaldson’s “The Bank Job,” the critically acclaimed true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery in London. Statham also starred in the remake of “Death Race” before returning for the third installment of “The Transporter” franchise and the second “Crank” film, “Crank 2: High Voltage.”

Most recently, Statham had a starring role with an ensemble of action stars in this past summer’s hit “The Expendables,” also starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Opening across the Philippines on April 13 in Digital 3D and regular format, “Gnomeo & Juliet” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

8 Comments on Jason Statham is the Voice Behind Tybalt in ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’



  3. alex g: Did you know that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? And terminated by KBP for Television Code violations? Did you also know that AGB Nielsen Media Research has a pending case here & abroad? // April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm //

    Early Signing-Off, Cost Cutting, Debt Increase & Financial Crisis.
    Words that best describes gma.

  4. alex g: gma artists/shows are equipped with Very Poor Acting Skills. Kaya dinadaan na lang sa mga effects & fighting pose, para mairaos man lang ang basurang show at pagtakpan ang mga malalamyang pag-arte (how stupid). // April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm //

    Boboserye, Flopserye, Peryaserye, Pornoserye, O.A.serye, T.H.serye, etc.
    Practice Drama – tatak gma.

  5. alex g: Kapit-Tuko tlga si gozon sa ratings, (as usual pag PANIC time). TALUNAN kasi sa lahat ng bagay, mapa Ads, Awards, Movies, Endorsements & Recognitions. Hay, tsk! tsk! tsk! tsk! Walang kadala-dala. // April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm //

    Weakness tlga ng gma ang lumaban ng patas.

  6. alex g: AM/FM Programs, Balance Programming, Daytime/Primetime Shows, Foreign Programs, News Channel/Program, Promos, Regional Network Events, Sports, Station ID, TV Format, Timeslot, etc. (kinopya lahat ng gma). // April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm //

    Konting Delicadeza naman gozon.

  7. alex g: "Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, walang bahid pulitika, serbisyong totoo lang", Dahil d natutulog ang balita, BAYARAN niyo kami para gumawa ng commercials 24 oras". // April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm //

    gma is coward of getting involve in politics. that’s why they tend to engage in barangay matters.
    that’s gma.

  8. alex g: Valentines Box Office King daw, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 44.26M in 3 weeks lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 67.27M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito”.
    -lily monteverde (how stupid).

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