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Jean-Claude! What Have You Been Up To?

The Muscles from Brussels, AKA Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) has being virtually invisible since his glory days when films like Timecopwere box office hits, and American women melted in his presence, or at the sound of his "exotic" accent!

He's done several straight-to-video flicks since those days, none that I have seen, nor care to see, so you're probably wondering why I'm bothering to give the man screen space on this blog.

Well, JCVD has apparently resurfaced with what many are calling his most intriguing effort to date, and one that could resuscitate his once promising career - an action/comedy entitled, J.C.V.D. , starring JCVD as himself - as a washed-up 90s action star.

The synopsis: JCVD plays himself in this crime comedy that opens with the aging action star on the low end of his career, fighting a drug habit, his daughter's custody case and now a major P.R. problem -- for he's soon to find himself in the middle of a bank heist, with the world looking on and the Muscles From Brussels as the number one suspect.

The self-deprecating, yet also good-natured tone of the trailer below intrigues me somewhat. I admire any star (or former star) who's bold enough to make fun of/carricature themselves! Then again, maybe JCVD didn't really have much to lose anyway.

The film, J.C.V.D, will be released in parts of Europe, with no ETA on a USA release. It's being promoted heavily at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and from much of what I've read thus far, is creating mucho buzz!


Here's the international trailer...

4 comments:

  1. Baby Please said...
     

    Oh yeah; I memba him.

  2. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    Tyson, Indy, JCVD... Is it 'Come Back' year at Cannes!!??

    :D

    Never watched a Jean-Claude film before but it does actually look quite amusing.

  3. The Obenson Report said...
     

    I hear Steven Segal is planning a come back as well!

    You're not missing much with his films. Time Cop was his best effort. Much of everything else he was in was unnecessary. So, if you want to catch up, I'd start with Time Cop, and then skip past all the others, moving ahead to 2008 and watch JCVD! HA!

  4. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    You know... I think I'll just wait for JCVD!

    And Steven Segal!!??

    :0

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