Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels’ Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher are unrecognisable as they enjoy reunion with co-star Jason Statham… 25 years after legendary gangster film aired
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels stars Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher reunited on Thursday night – 25 years after the film’s release.
The trio, who starred as Bacon, Tom and Soap respectively in the Guy Richie-fronted film, enjoyed a mini reunion as they attended a screening of Dexter’s new movie Ghosted at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.
While Hollywood hardman Statham, 55, boasts many trademarks of his former look, Flemyng, 56, and Dexter, 57, were barely-recognisable from their appearance in the iconic gangster movie, in which they played the three leads.
During their reunion, the trio were clad in contrasting ensembles, ranging from smart to trendy, as they posed together happily at the screening.
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels followed the story of a man and his friends who lose a poker game to a powerful gangster and have to hatch a play to pay back the debt and was a roaring hit upon its release in 1998.
Also in attendance at the bash was Jamie Oliver, who was cooking up a storm for the all-star attendees – much to Dexter’s delight as he stole a taste.
Hollywood superstar Paul Rudd joined the fun alongside Lady Victoria Hervey, who was typically scantily-clad in a racy sheer bodice.
Throwing support behind her husband was Dexter’s wife Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, a Lithuanian opera director. The couple have been married since 1997.
In a bizarre addition to the guestlist, Love Island star Coco Lodge and Too Hot To Handle’s Nicole O’Brien – who were no doubt giddy to be rubbing shoulders with the A-list having come from the depths of reality TV.
This year’s Love Island finalists Will Young and Jessie Wynter joined in the fun.
Ghosted is an American romantic comedy action-adventure film directed by Dexter and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers, from a story by Reese and Wernick. The film stars Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
Dexter moved away from acting to step behind the camera, when he made his directorial debut in 2021 with Wild Bill before winning widespread acclaim for Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and Christopher Walken.
He was also the director behind the Oscar-winning Elton John biopic Rocketman.
Flemyng, who also starred in Guy’s follow-up hit Snatch, moved from film to TV after admitting he struggled with failed projects.
In 2004, he stated: ‘Of the 40 feature films I’ve made, 15 of them failed to make it onto the screen and have only ever been seen by cast and crew…
‘It is very frustrating when a film you really believe in remains unseen. That’s not a problem with television. If you’re a painter you don’t paint a picture and then stick it under the bed – you want people to see it.’
In 2020, Flemyng revealed that stars of the movie are still in touch, saying: ‘The WhatsApp group from Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrel is still quite active…
‘Success is quite bonding, so that kind of family that we had with Guy and [producer] Matthew Vaughn and Stath [Jason Statham] and Nick Moran and Vas Blackwood and all those guys – and Dex [Dexter Fletcher], obviously.’
Speaking about Dexter’s success, he said: ‘He was always the best actor and I’ll tell you why – and I think I’m quite good at too – we’re so used to doing crap that if you give us a crap line, we’ll make it work!’