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Exclusive 10-minute interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme (Part 1)

08.30.2012

The Muscles from Brussels aka JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME was recently in my home town of Montreal, Canada to promote his glorious return to the big screen in THE EXPENDABLES 2. Being that I am a big Van Damme fan (you can a read a more personal account of my meeting with him here), I came into this sit-down eager to meet the man and extremely well prepared in terms of my questions (I know his career like the back of my hand). But only seconds into our meeting, Jean-Claude took over and I eventually realized that those questions I had for him were inconsequential. So I tossed them aside. This was no longer an interview but a conversation between two men that saw Jean-Claude open up big time. Spin kick Part 1 of our sit-down below and tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of this compelling face off with the action legend. THE EXPENDABLES 2 is presently playing in a theatre near you!

0:20 - JCVD discusses MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre (GSP) and his involvement with him
1:30 - JCVD discusses straight-to-DVD versus theatrical releases
2:30 - JCVD discusses his final fight vs Stallone in Expendables 2 (gets up)
3:50 - JCVD discusses the "new action heroes" today
5:30 - JCVD discusses his beginnings, how skinny he was, Bruce Lee, Laurence of Arabia... (gets up)

"People go, hey I am happy to see you back on the big screen. People told me at the mall, at the airport, hey JC when are you gonna make another film? And I go f*ck, I just made 3 straight to DVDs..."

Extra Tidbit: The Expendables 2 was Van Damme's first wide theatrical release since Universal Soldier: The Return in 1999.
Source: JoBlo.com

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