Within the new Amazon present ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’, the seemingly washed-up Muscle groups from Brussels gleefully sends up his motion star picture
On a latest afternoon on his expansive property in Simi Valley, California, in a superbly appointed front room the scale of a mead corridor, Jean-Claude Van Damme out of the blue fires a excessive kick at my face, stopping wanting crunching cartilage and bone. I didn’t ask him to do it, however it’s a thrill nonetheless. In any case, he’s aimed that exact same foot on the heads of motion superstars like Dolph Lundgren, Bolo Yeung and Sylvester Stallone.
“I nonetheless love martial arts,” he says, breaking right into a broad smile. “Martial arts modified my life. When you have been born within the dojo, you’ll die within the dojo.”
It’s onerous to image Van Damme, famed for his devastating reverse roundhouse and epic splits, not kicking any individual. Even in his lousiest footage – “I made numerous low-budget motion pictures,” he admits – he’s a factor of magnificence, a sleek, whirling dynamo. He’s Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscle groups from Brussels, in each film he makes. So it’s maybe not such a shock that, in his newest undertaking, he’s enjoying himself, form of.
Amazon Studios will launch the primary season of Jean-Claude Van Johnson on 15 December. Within the meta-series, half comedy, half drama, he performs a broken-down motion star who makes horrible movies – like a kung-fu-filled remake of Huckleberry Finn – as cowl for his actual gig as a deadly black-ops agent, code named Jean-Claude Van Johnson. The collection could also be his weirdest undertaking thus far, no small feat for a man who, in a profession spanning 4 a long time, has punched a rattlesnake (Onerous Goal), been crucified by pirates (Cyborg) and saved a child from a wild tiger with the assistance of the previous NBA star Dennis Rodman (Double Workforce).