When Jason Statham almost drowned

IANS| Updated: Aug 17, 2014, 09:30 AM IST

Los Angeles: He has been a professional diver, but nothing had prepared actor Jason Statham from experiencing a moment when he had almost drowned while filming `The Expendables 3`.

The brakes had failed in his character`s car and the vehicle ran over a cliff - and all that Statham can remember of it is that it was "a very harrowing experience", suggest reports.

On a TV show, he shared that while his training in diving and martial arts have helped him master action-packed movie roles, he wasn`t prepared for this.

"The good thing is I lived. It was the closest I`d ever been to drowning. I`ve done a lot of scuba diving, I`ve done free diving... No matter how much of that you have done, it doesn`t teach you how to breathe underwater.

"So I came very close to drowning, it was a very harrowing experience," he said.