Jean Claude Van Damme Terrifically Pulls Off The Most Epic of Splits
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Jean Claude Van Damme Terrifically Pulls Off The Most Epic of Splits

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 14, 2013 | Comments ()

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I’m sure there are wires, or some sort of safety precautions taken here, but it doesn’t prevent the feat that Van Damme pulls off from being massively impressive. Yes, it is for a car commercial, but I nevertheless found it wowing.

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  • Ryan Ambrose

    Damme, that was impressive!

    Wait. This is not the Cracked pun thread...

  • Allijo

    Your move Chuck Norris.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    That hurt's me just looking at it.

  • Have to admit: I laughed hard at his GoDaddy commercials.

    Always had a soft spot in my heart for his B-quality action fare. If Lionheart or Bloodsport is on, I will sure as shit watch it.

  • Legally Insignificant

    It's well-known that Johnny Cage is based on him. However, I appreciate that, for a while, his signature move was the split dick-punch. Can you imagine filming a scene where the director says "Okay, so in this scene JCVD is going to pull off an awesome split and punch you in dick whilst making an O face?"

  • emmalita

    I have to admire the mind(s) that come up with "let's have Jean Claude Van Damme do the splits on two moving gold trucks at sunset. And set it to Enya." What ideas were rejected for being too crazy?

  • This is why we love Europe, even as we dismiss it. We just don't have the centuries of culture (that we didn't wipe out, to be clear) to be comfortable with this sort of bizarre perfection.

  • Repo

    And yet it works. That's the beauty of it. It's like tongue in cheek yet not at the same time. I love it.

  • emmalita

    It does. I want more of their beautiful minds.

  • I don't want to get too specific, but it involved time travel and Ron Silver.

  • ahamos

    If you've never backed up with a trailer, you truly cannot appreciate how ungodly amazing this is. Trailers do not want to go straight. It's a constant steering struggle to even approximate "straight". You can call shenanigans and wires and all that, but if there's not some sort of magic steering/anti-sway lock going on in those trailers, then these drivers hail straight from Asgard's Asgard.

  • Mariazinha

    This was most certainly done in reverse, no?? I mean.. they recorded it from the split to the closed legs and then played it backwards..
    Still awesome, though!!

  • FrijidBarjot

    Or take a another watch, look at the wind blowing off his shirt and the trucks moving, and you will see that they didn't.

  • ahamos

    I don't know. They didn't get into any trickery when they did the slackline commercial. Also, here's the teaser for this one, with the director explaining to JCVD what to expect:

  • BWeaves


  • The camera should have flown up under JCVD's crotch and straight into that glorious sunset.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Are you referring to JCVD's crotch as a glorious sunset? I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm just asking.

  • YES.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I don't know why, but it makes me disproportionately happy that he can still pull this shit off.
    Also, can someone please make another JCVD? Or something like it? Because that was a fantastic film.

  • Maguita NYC

    Loved that movie! He not only had the balls to self-deprecate, but with some endearing honesty he also showed his tired face from his tired full of bullshit life. The best.

    This commercial is all kinds of wonderful too. However, it made me want to yoga to Enya... Not buy a Volvo. :(

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Yeah, guys who drive test cars are pretty amazing.

  • Lotney

    Absolutely. With drivers like this any 53 year old can split like that.

  • BWeaves

    As someone who's been a 53 year old, NOOOOOOOOO!

  • Lotney

    I guess I suck at sarcasm.

  • BWeaves

    No you don't. I suck at splits.

  • Parsnip

    Wow, I'm impressed with the driving, if that was me I'd be weaving and crashing and...well, basically Van Damme would be mush.

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