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Jun. 30, 2009by:

... donít screw it up Van Damme!
by Sturdy

For those of us that lived our pre-teen years in the early 90ís, Jean-Claude Van Damme was a staple on our TV sets and in the theaters. Karate dojoís across America were filled with kids hoping to someday be able to do the splits while throwing knives at unsuspecting terrorists. But after several bad movies and a nasty coke habit, Van Damme was relegated to doing B-movies, where heís faded from our hearts and minds as merely a punch line of 90ís clichťs. However, he still has his fan base and all we needed was for him to find that special role that would remind people just how cool he still is. So it was with much glee that we got JCVD, which is a once in a lifetime comeback role if there ever was one.

But now the question is; you got it, what are you going to do with it? JCVD shed a light on Van Damme that most of us had never seen before and even though he was playing himself, it gave us hope that he actually does have some acting ability. But finding that role is worthless if he goes right back to doing straight to DVD B-movies. I realize those films have an audience and they eventually make money for everyone involved, but Van Damme can do better than that. There was a time and a place where he had to do them, and I accept that. But with the very impressive JCVD, I think heís proved he can still carry a film if all the other ingredients are in place.


Time Cop: still my favorite, classic Van Damme movie

Thereís a point in JCVD where he asks his agent to get him a mainstream movie, even at less money. I couldnít have said it better myself. This is exactly what he needs. Why on earth he didnít take a role in the EXPENDABLES is baffling. Stallone is out to resurrect the careers of every action hero out there and no one needs it more than Van Damme. I canít believe that thereís not a studio out there that wouldnít take a chance on Van Damme in a smaller role. The guyís still in shape and can still kick some ass. He doesnít have to be the hero, cast him as a sidekick or a supporting character and I guarantee heíll make your film better.


He got his second chance, now what?

We can spend all day talking about who needs more roles and who should make a comeback, but itís never clear what an actor should do once they actually get that comeback role. Such is the case with Van Damme. Not many former stars ever get a second chance, so Van Damme better take full advantage of his opportunity. As for what to do next, hereís a hint; if itís produced by a company youíve never heard of, directed by someone youíve never heard of, costars people you donít know and is shooting in the Middle East, donít take the role!

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11:23PM on 07/01/2009
You know what I would love to see from JCVD? More JCVD in Hard Target, Bloodsport or Sudden Death-like action movies!! Hell, if he's going to be in another Street Fighter movie, I'm there.
You know what I would love to see from JCVD? More JCVD in Hard Target, Bloodsport or Sudden Death-like action movies!! Hell, if he's going to be in another Street Fighter movie, I'm there.
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3:13PM on 07/01/2009

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According to JCVD, he didn't take the role in Predator because he was afraid of getting injured after signing a movie deal with Canon films, and Bloodsport was to be filming soon. He was just starting to get his acting career off the ground and he was willing to take any roles.

Anyway, I love JCVD and agree that he needs to be a good action movie, but preferably not be the top star in that movie.
According to JCVD, he didn't take the role in Predator because he was afraid of getting injured after signing a movie deal with Canon films, and Bloodsport was to be filming soon. He was just starting to get his acting career off the ground and he was willing to take any roles.

Anyway, I love JCVD and agree that he needs to be a good action movie, but preferably not be the top star in that movie.
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12:46AM on 07/01/2009

Yes

I'd take JCVD over Justin Long or Shia Labeouf.

I'd take JCVD over Justin Long or Shia Labeouf.

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10:23PM on 06/30/2009

Agreed!

JCVD was a great was a great film...hopefully good scripts will come out his way and hopefully he'll use better judgement to select his next project.
JCVD was a great was a great film...hopefully good scripts will come out his way and hopefully he'll use better judgement to select his next project.
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2:44PM on 06/30/2009

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All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for
All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for giggles. Oh how bout' living stars vs. dead (Bruce Lee, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, etc.)
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2:38PM on 06/30/2009

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All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for
All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for giggles. Oh how bout' living stars vs. dead (Bruce Lee, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, etc.)
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2:38PM on 06/30/2009
I'll never understand why he turned down expendables, which makes me think he either doesn't understand or care about his fans. I could care less if he makes a comeback. I think it would be cool to see him as a villian in the next Mission Impossible movie, even if he's not the main one.
I'll never understand why he turned down expendables, which makes me think he either doesn't understand or care about his fans. I could care less if he makes a comeback. I think it would be cool to see him as a villian in the next Mission Impossible movie, even if he's not the main one.
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2:20PM on 06/30/2009

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All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for
All valid points and maybe we will see him in the role of a baddie, but if you ask me until he eats his ego a bit it'll be more of the same. Then again we could be surprised, but given the current hell of Hollywood I doubt it. One can dream though. If you had the chance to cast a similar movie of the Expendables both consisting of 2 teams (1 good, 1 bad) who would your picks be on each side??? And Why??? For example, Vin Diesel, Jet Li, and Snipes vs. Bruce, The Rock, and Statham....just for giggles. Oh how bout' living stars vs. dead (Bruce Lee, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, etc.)
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2:07PM on 06/30/2009

van damme in a supporting role?

I DON'T THINK SO! He has an ego problem from what i can tell. Van Damme doesn't do supporting role, period. Check this out in Uni*Sol was it Dolph Lundgren & Van Damme or the other way round? Unless if he's playing a bad guy (No retreat No Surrender) or himself (Double Impact, The Replicant) supporting roles are OUT.

That's it! let him play a bad guy and MAYBE we could love him again.

Besides this dude had an opportunity to be the PREDATOR! But oh no, I wont be credited? Sorry no, can-do!
I DON'T THINK SO! He has an ego problem from what i can tell. Van Damme doesn't do supporting role, period. Check this out in Uni*Sol was it Dolph Lundgren & Van Damme or the other way round? Unless if he's playing a bad guy (No retreat No Surrender) or himself (Double Impact, The Replicant) supporting roles are OUT.

That's it! let him play a bad guy and MAYBE we could love him again.

Besides this dude had an opportunity to be the PREDATOR! But oh no, I wont be credited? Sorry no, can-do! What a douche.

Maybe he was told his character dies early in The Expendables and flipped out. I guess we'll never know.
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1:56PM on 06/30/2009

Yeah!!

If you look on the wikipedia site for Expendables you'll see there's an unidentified cast member playing a role of the villian. Although, I'm pretty convinced it's Bruce Willis I keep holding out for JCVD
If you look on the wikipedia site for Expendables you'll see there's an unidentified cast member playing a role of the villian. Although, I'm pretty convinced it's Bruce Willis I keep holding out for JCVD
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1:51PM on 06/30/2009

Uh...

JCVD (the man) ain't no Sly or Travolta, both actors who have serious artistic cred behind them, and who dropped off the radar because of Hollywood Trends, not lack of talent. JCVD and Segal were C-Grade versions of Sly and Stallone, they don't have that extra spark you need. That ship has sailed.
JCVD (the man) ain't no Sly or Travolta, both actors who have serious artistic cred behind them, and who dropped off the radar because of Hollywood Trends, not lack of talent. JCVD and Segal were C-Grade versions of Sly and Stallone, they don't have that extra spark you need. That ship has sailed.
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1:41PM on 06/30/2009
I was surprised at how good he was in JCVD, hopefully something good will come of it.
I was surprised at how good he was in JCVD, hopefully something good will come of it.
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1:26PM on 06/30/2009

expendables?

He got lucky with JCVD. Hop off his gonads. He is part of a retiring class of 90's action stars. He sure was stupid to turn down Expendables. His career is over, actually this article has resurrected it for a few more seconds... Ok, it's gone again.
He got lucky with JCVD. Hop off his gonads. He is part of a retiring class of 90's action stars. He sure was stupid to turn down Expendables. His career is over, actually this article has resurrected it for a few more seconds... Ok, it's gone again.
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12:12PM on 06/30/2009
JCVD was surely one of the best films this decade and puts to rest that joke that an action star such as himself can't act. I predict he'll continue to do whatever he can to make a living but he wants to do better and he will do films everybody will want to see, I see a new Van Damme movie in theaters, a worldwide release by 2013.
JCVD was surely one of the best films this decade and puts to rest that joke that an action star such as himself can't act. I predict he'll continue to do whatever he can to make a living but he wants to do better and he will do films everybody will want to see, I see a new Van Damme movie in theaters, a worldwide release by 2013.
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10:58AM on 06/30/2009

I'm so ahead of everyone

LOL Finally... After about 9 months of me saying all this; Does it now get said by someone who might have influence. So I also hope someone points this article out to him.
I think should start my own Movie site! =)...

How Mega Hot would it be if Van Damme does have a Surprise role in the Expendables film...
LOL Finally... After about 9 months of me saying all this; Does it now get said by someone who might have influence. So I also hope someone points this article out to him.
I think should start my own Movie site! =)...

How Mega Hot would it be if Van Damme does have a Surprise role in the Expendables film...
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10:53AM on 06/30/2009

Van Damme

I would love to see a Van Damme comeback. Unfortunately I don't see it happening. Van Damme has always been a little off kilter - I remember back in his heyday I would always try and catch him if he was on the Tonight Show or Letterman or something and he was always totally weird and didn't seem to pay attention to the questions and just was OFF. I'm sure he could've been a much bigger star back then if he had picked better scripts. Now Sly comes to him with the PERFECT opportunity to
I would love to see a Van Damme comeback. Unfortunately I don't see it happening. Van Damme has always been a little off kilter - I remember back in his heyday I would always try and catch him if he was on the Tonight Show or Letterman or something and he was always totally weird and didn't seem to pay attention to the questions and just was OFF. I'm sure he could've been a much bigger star back then if he had picked better scripts. Now Sly comes to him with the PERFECT opportunity to resurrect his career in The Expendables...and he turns it down? Are you kidding me? The fact that he turned that movie down tells me he still doesn't get "it" and he is going to continue to make bad choices. It's really too bad because the Muscles from Brussels can light up the screen.
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8:43AM on 06/30/2009

Thanks Sturdy

Glad you've put this out there, I've been saying the same thing for months. I hope someone in his entourage directs his attention to your article.

I've always thought he would make a great supporting turn in a mainstream movie as a villain - I can even see him playing in a medieval action picture. For example, Van Damme wouldn't have looked out of place on horseback as a villainous French knight in the new Robin Hood movie. C'mon Hollywood, think outside the box!

And Van Damme -- why
Glad you've put this out there, I've been saying the same thing for months. I hope someone in his entourage directs his attention to your article.

I've always thought he would make a great supporting turn in a mainstream movie as a villain - I can even see him playing in a medieval action picture. For example, Van Damme wouldn't have looked out of place on horseback as a villainous French knight in the new Robin Hood movie. C'mon Hollywood, think outside the box!

And Van Damme -- why the hell did you turn down The Expendables?
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7:34AM on 06/30/2009
Van Damage should get a role on true blood as a martial artist who can turn into a swamp rat.
Van Damage should get a role on true blood as a martial artist who can turn into a swamp rat.
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