HIS BEST FIGHT: THE END OF FULL CONTACT (1990)
Of course, there is the final against Bolo Mountain in Bloodsport. Obviously there is the clash with the fists “Crushed glass” in Kickboxer. But the best definition of the JCVD myth is the last sequence of Full contact who formulated it: the incredible violence of the blows, the consummate art of slow motion, the pure grace of a dancer highlighted by the narrowness of the ring. The icing on the cake: the cowardly gaze of the bourgeois attending the fight consecrated Van Damme as the great prolific hero of his time.
His Best Worst: INFERNO (1999)
Directed by the man who turned Rocky, John G. Advilsen, and which is inspired here by a Kurosawa (it is a kind of loiiiiiintain remake of Yojimbo), this psychéredneck madness, filled with 80s trognes and almost devoid of action, is absolutely captivating. Impossible to decree if what we are watching is a pure nonsensical comedy or an object which has completely escaped its creators. In any case, it is the assurance of a successful evening.
His best performance: REPLICANT (2001)
Anyone who still doubts his acting abilities can jump on this amazing B series, directed by one of the great geniuses of HK thriller, where JCVD plays both a bloodthirsty serial killer and his clone, not very smart. but very soft. The double perf is stratospheric and the final fight between two JCVDs is completely galvanizing. Bad Karma: This summit tumbles while the star is a bit toasted in Hollywood, it will never hit theaters there.
His best surname: EXPENDABLES 2 (2012)
By Léon Gaultier (Full contact), through Luc Devereaux (Universal Soldier), Chance Boudreaux (Manhunt), Alain Moreau (Maximum risk) or Christophe Dubois (The Grand Tournament), his names on the screen have always given a little accordion air to his greatest American hits. Stallone took the joke to its limits when he offered him the role of the bad guy in Expendables 2. Her little name? Jean Vilain. Mic drop.
His best madness: UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, THE DAY OF JUDGMENT (2012)
Little time on screen (20 minutes max) but an authentically lit performance in neo-colonel Kurtz (crazy monologue, shaved head, face repainted in white and black). Unbelievably ultra-violent, the fight against Scott Adkins is worth its weight in peanuts. He also says that, even condemned to DTV, JCVD remains the opposite of a has-been. Always in shape, always looking for a challenge, always wanting to have fun with us. How not to love him?
His best split: THE EPIC SPLIT, VOLVO TRUCKS AD (2014)
The sun is setting, two 33-tons drive in reverse, side by side, on a deserted highway. Placed between the two, one foot on each retro, the body of JCVD will slowly (relax) as the machines move away from each other. A chamomile tube signed Enya resonates as if we were ordered to calm down. And the legs part, part, endlessly. The kilometers go by and Jean-Claude remains unperturbed. Seven years later, we still pick up our jaws on the ground every time we look at this.
“The Mussels from Brussels” in seven snapshots, filled with devastating kicks and scented with sweet madness.
This Thursday, July 15, Netflix puts online ten films worn by Jean Claude Van Damme, to wait until the exit of his action comedy The Last Mercenary, the 30. In addition to Kickboxer, Maximum risk, Knock Off and Double Team, already online, are available in streaming:
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– Netflix France (@NetflixFR) July 13, 2021
There are therefore about fifteen feature films featuring “The Muscles of Brussels” which are visible on the platform in July 2021. That’s good, First was able to ask the Belgian star a few questions for the summer issue (n ° 520, with Fast & Furious 9 In front page). In addition to this interview where JCVD is particularly touching by talking about his career, here is our “best of” devoted to his film.
Summary of Premiere n ° 520: Fast & Furious 9, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kelly Reichardt, Paul Verhoeven, Cannes 2021 …