A 21-year-old London man has legally changed his name to that of action hero Chev Chelios following a dare on social networking site bragster.com.
Chev Chelios as played by Jason Statham reappears in Crank 2 out in the cinema soon.
Launched on March 16, a new campaign forged between social networking site bragster.com and Lionsgate UK asked the bragster community of daredevils and pranksters to take part in two specific challenges that encapsulate the spirit of CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE?s hero ? Chev Chelios, played by the UKs biggest action hero, Jason Statham. Lionsgate UK and Bragster.com are on the hunt for the UK?s real life version of Chev Chelios ? the kinds of users who will do absolutely anything for glory.
Yesterday saw the completion of the first dare – giving $1000 to the first bragster user, originally one David Robert Smart, to officially change his name by deed poll to Chev Chelios.
Reacting to the acceptance of this challenge co-director Mark Neveldine said, “I am going to change my name to his original name and steal his identity”, co-director Brian Taylor added, “We shouldn’t stop at just one person. I want an army. 50,000 Chev Chelios? Star Jason Statham commented on the film: ?This film is going to be ever more ramped up, ever more offensive, with more action, more ridiculousness, more everything. I was completely excited by how ludicrous and outrageous they made part two. This one takes it to the next level.?
Statham, soon to start filming on Sylvester Stallone?s The Expendables, was thrilled to return to the physically demanding role of Chev Chelios. ?I was in right from the suggestion of doing a part two,? Statham recalls. ?It?s a complete and utter trust. I had implicit faith in these two [directors Neveldine and Taylor], knowing they?re going to do something cool with things that can be quite ridiculous?This is not a film to be analyzed and stripped apart. This is a hardcore action movie that?s made to entertain. As Americans would say, it?s a fucking kick-ass action movie that just doesn?t stop, from start to finish. It?s everything that people want to see. If you like action, comedy, snappy dialogue and interesting, fucked-up characters, then just strap yourself in and get ready for the ride.? Co-director Brian Taylor concluded, ?When you go into CRANK HIGH VOLTAGE, you can expect to be rocked hard, maybe harder than you?ve ever been rocked before. I promise it?s a movie that you?ve never seen before.?
For the second part of the challenge bragster users will now be encouraged to get charged up in public. Whether rubbing up against random passersby, or simply having a Chev style freak out in the middle of a busy street, Lionsgate UK and Bragster want to see the craziest energy packed effort ? the best entry will win a HD CAM so get your crazy on!
As part of this dare Bragster.com is pleased to announce the inclusion of one of their own heroes, aptly named Crank – the current world record holder for continuous kicks in the groin from strangers. Two years of bragster involvement has also seen him staple a deck of cards to his body, nail his hand to a dartboard and down a bowl of stinging nettle and hot sauce all in the name of bragster glory. The campaign will see Crank embark on his very own ?Hour Of Madness? – which has resulted in a hilarious short movie of him fulfilling his craziest dares yet on a tight time limit through the streets of London.
Check out the Bragster.com homepage and go to ?Crank It Up? for his very special video.