The British are coming — to your local theater, that is. English actor Jason Statham, at work on the upcoming film “Hobbs and Shaw,” a spin-off of the popular “Fast and Furious” action films, got into character by slipping into a pair of shoes by U.K.-based men’s footwear brand George Cleverly.
According to CEO George Glasgow, the actor insisted his character, Deckard Shaw, wear the shoes throughout the movie, which is set to release in 2019. Among the George Cleverley styles selected by Statham is the Ronald, a classic lace-up evening shoe that works with jeans or a tuxedo.
Glasgow and Statham have been friends for over 15 years, said Glasgow, noting the actor was a groomsman in his recent wedding, walking down the aisle in a pair of Cleverley shoes, of course.
The 60-year-old shoe brand, co-founded by Glasgow’s father and partner, George Cleverley, has a history with Hollywood royalty. The company shod high-profile actors including Humphrey Bogart, Carey Grant and Fred Astaire, said Glasgow. Today, fans include Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks and Colin Firth. “Hobbs and Shaw” isn’t the first movie role for the brand. It made a prior appearance in “Murder on the Orient Express” and will be stealing screen time in the sequel, “Death on the Nile,” set to debut in 2019.
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Day 1 on “Hobbs & Shaw” movie. Getting the instructions from an old pal and the Director of our film @davidmleitch. Massive respect to you Dave for the incredible vision and scope you have planned for this movie. There are big things to come! The other big thing to come will be arriving imminently, that’s if he can peel himself away from his stack of pancakes. My partner in crime on this one, the colossal and world wide loved and respected @therock Just warming things up for you brother! See you on British soil soon. #HobbsAndShaw @universalpictures