Screen Junkies » Kickboxer Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:46 +0000 en hourly 1 Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 7 Most Memorable Roles Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:01:24 +0000 Penn Collins Van. Dammage.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme has enjoyed a career as one of the most successful action stars of his generation, having starred in dozens of films that served as not only domestic, but international hits as well. From when he burst onto the scene in the late 80’s, JCVD offered a softer European sensibility not found with the Stallones, Willises, or Vin Diesels of the world. Most recently, JCVD has starred in 6 Bullets, available on DVD 9/11, which follows a mercenary with an expertise in finding missing children. Caveat emptor to those who dare cross the Muscles from Brussels.

While Van Damme’s work is numerous, we’ve put together a list of 7 of his most memorable roles for you to bask in. So bask away. BASK, OK?

Guile – Street Fighter

I don’t want to alarm you here, but many of JCVD’s roles included herein are of a martial artistic bend. Setting the tone will be the be-flattopped Street Fighter character of Guile, by far the most handsome of the U.S.’s representatives in the arcade sensation.

It’s not the first time Van Damme has been asked to play American. And while his accent isn’t perfect, his linguistic shortcomings are completely overshadowed by his ability to completely kick ass.

And (SPOILER ALERT) he takes care of business, knocking down the oh-so-evil M. Bison.

Frank Dux – Bloodsport

Unlike Guile, Frank Dux was a real dude, and while Bloodsport took a few creative liberties with the Dux story, it set the benchmark for late-80’s/early-90’s martial arts films, serving as the springboard to the apex of JCVD’s career.

Van Damme carried this story nicely and the quality of the film (no, really) and the performances by both Jean-Claude and Forrest Whitaker allow this film to transcend the painfully eighties production and catapult this work into “legendary” status.

Himself – JCVD

After over a decade of mild scandals and straight-to-DVD films, Jean Claude Van Damme found his way back into mainstream cinemas and wide(ish) release going the meta route and playing a fairly fictionalized version of himself, an actor on the downward slope of his career (true), caught in the heist of a post office (false).

The film offers up a six-minute monologue where JCVD breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience about his real life. It’s as weird as it sounds, but weird was enough to get Van Damme back in the popular lexicon, so JCVD gets a spot on this list.

Alex Wagner and Chad Wagner – Double Impact

That’s right. One entry on this list is actually two roles. I’ll give you a second to wipe your blown mind off your computer screen. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for “Most Desirable Male,” but didn’t take it home, sadly. This film is a standout in JCVD’s filmography because it was written and produced by him as well.

The film follows long-lost twins as they team up together to avenge their parents’ murders.

Chance Boudreaux – Hard Target

Ok. This was a John Woo-directed film, featured Van Damme at the apex of his career, and is by all accounts, a beyond-solid action film.

But that’s not why it’s in the canon of JCVD’s most memorable roles. Rather…

It’s the mullet. Oh, that mullet. It’s hard to see beyond that. It’s like asking someone to read a pocket bible while shining a hunting spotlight in their eyes. It’s like asking someone if they hear that squeak outside while blaring Skrillex in their ears. I could go further into this point, but I would rather just let the pic speak for itself. If you’re not on board, I…I don’t know how I can help you.

Luc Devereaux – Universal Soldier

If you thought an America cyborg soldier wouldn’t be programmed with a Belgian accent, you would be wrong, my friend. DEAD WRONG. Universal Soldier pitted Van Damme against Dolph Lundgren in one of blockbuster director Roland Emmerich’s first big-name films.

The film had a budget that surpassed Van Damme’s earlier (and later) work, and was considered a modest hit in America. However, abroad it fared much better, helping cement the Belgian actor’s status as a global action star.

Kurt Sloane – Kickboxer

The name says it all. Kickboxer, like Bloodsport, served as a vehicle to showcase Jean-Claude’s natural gymnastic and martial arts abilities, making it a natural early hit for the actor. The film is best known for containing scenes in which the fighters dip their hands in resin, then in broken glass, a move so badass it makes me want to throw my laptop against the wall in excitement.

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Here’s Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Kickboxer’ With Just The Kicks Wed, 09 May 2012 21:50:45 +0000 Penn Collins HIIIIIYA!

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This makes me happier than it has any right to. As I write this, the video is playing, so I’m privy to only the SOUNDS of kicks, which is oddly soothing. I was looking for a reason to give up yoga anyway.

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8 Villains Who Made The Mistake Of Pissing Off Jean-Claude Van Damme Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:00:13 +0000 Joseph Gibson Don't mess with Van Damme.

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Even though Jean-Claude Van Damme is universally recognized as a dangerous badass, people seem to believe that they can piss him off and get away with it. Even today, in 2011, with the release of his latest thriller Assassination Games, bad guys all around seem to think they can handle the JCVD. In the interest of learning vicariously from the mistakes of others, here are a few of their stories. For your reading pleasure, 8 villains who made the mistake of pissing off Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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Chong Li, Bloodsport

I guess it would be difficult to blame Chong Li for thinking he could take on Jean-Claude Van Damme. After all Bloodsport was one on JCVD‘s first starring roles, so his reputation was not as set in stone as it is today. He learned his lesson the hard way, though, being forced into submission after trying to blind Van Damme with an underhanded trick during their climactic kickboxing match. Even cheating won’t save you once you piss off Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Fender Tremolo, Cyborg

Some villains make the mistake of thinking that they can get away with pissing off Jean-Claude Van Damme just because they live in a post-apocalyptic hellscape. WRONG. In Cyborg, Fender Tremolo has a band of pirates to back him up, and he still ends up hanging from a meat hook, courtesy of Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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