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October 14, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | October 14, 2008 |

Confession time. When I was in high school, my friends and I were goo-goo for Jean Claude Van Damme. During that time, he released the glorious hat trick of Double Impact, Timecop and Street Fighter. Seriously, these movies were awesome. Still are. I know most people can’t recognize the goodness, but fuck most people. I proudly own two of those flicks on DVD and still manage to amuse friends about once every two or three years by breaking out the Van Damme’s wonderful “go up river” monologue from Street Fighter. With the exception of Sudden Death, however, the years since have not treated Van Damme well, as the flicks have gone from entertaining cheese to mind numbing drivel.

It’s been over a decade since I watched a new Jean Claude Van Damme film start-to-finish, 1997’s Double Team. But that may change with JCVD, the touted meta-film about Jean Claude playing himself as he tries to rebound from a spiraled career. The trailer looks pretty interesting and, if you can get past his awful Belgian accent, it looks like there may actually be a quasi-legitimate performance going on there. Although, because he’s playing himself, I am bummed that this movie won’t have my favorite thing from his earlier gems, the moment where they explain his accent (never done better than in Double Impact, where they had to explain it twice).

Take your fancy clothes and your black silk underwear and go back to Disneyland

That head bump is the source of his power, don't you know? / Seth Freilich

Industry | October 14, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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