Jason Statham has said that he owes a lot to director Guy Ritchie for giving him his first big break.
The Transporter actor's first big movie role was in Ritchie's 1998 movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Since then, Statham has become one of Hollywood's leading action men, starring in big-budget productions including Crank, Death Race and War.
"I've been extremely lucky," Statham told BBC News. "I've been in the right place at the right time.
"However, I will always be grateful to Guy Ritchie, because I was selling perfume and jewellery on the street, and he offered me that part and changed my life."
The British actor said that his time as a member of the British National Diving Squad, while also studying kung fu, kickboxing and karate has helped propel him to the top of the Hollywood action star elite.
He said: "It actually takes time to perfect this genre, and to be able to do it with confidence. I'm still working on it.
"I spent years doing those sports and now it's all paid off, but at the time I had no idea. Years and years ago, I wanted to be a stuntman and I felt that was a pretty realistic ambition, but it was still a stretch of the imagination.
"Now I get to do a bit of acting, and I get to do all the stunts, so I've fulfilled a small dream I had years ago."
Statham added that he is aware of his style of movie genre, but revealed that he has started taking on more challenging roles.
"You're never going to get me in a period drama, put it that way. But I do care about a good script, because all I can do is what is put in front of me, and all I can choose from, role wise, is what I'm offered.
"But I've just been working on a film, Hummingbird with Steven Knight, and that's the most challenging and emotional thing I've done in my career."
Jason Statham currently stars in Boaz Yakin's Safe, which was released at cinemas last month.
He will next appear alongside the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis in The Expendables 2.