If you’ve ever made fun of Jason Statham for appearing in Crank 2: High Voltage, or sneeringly dismissed Fast Furious 6 as low-brow, it’s time to think again. 

A new book aims to explore the culture impact of the grizzled action movie actor, shedding light on his “indefinable star quality”.

Edited by two academics from Leeds Beckett University, Crank it Up! will feature no fewer than 13 essays on the many sides of Statham, with topics covering everything from “Cockney ‘Gallicness’ in The Transporter Trilogy” to the actor’s status as “a fashion icon”.

Professor Robert Shail, one of the book’s editors, said: “The contributors have each given Statham’s career a different ‘voice’. By focusing on his diversity, the book analyses his personality across a variety of media platforms.”

Steven Gerrard, Shail’s co-editor and a senior lecturer at the Northern Film School, said: “There’s something about him that is so curious; he may not be an Oscar-winning actor, but he has that indefinable star quality. He worked his way up and is now one of the world’s most recognisable stars.