Last night i checked out the new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie entitled “JCVD” and it was a very interesting watch to say the least. I am not even sure what inspired him to make a movie like this. What i will say is that Mr. Van Damme actually CAN act! This is no Bloodsport, Cyborg or Double Team (or whatever other direct to Dvd action flick he’s got out this month). In this movie which in French with subtitles, he plays himself. The washed up action hero looking for his next c-movie role, competing with Steven Segal for them and battling for custody of his child. A tired and aging Van Damme is hero in his home city of Brussels and famed for bringing “John Woo” to the USA. He reluctantly takes pictures with fans on the street and at the same time deals with his daughter being ashamed of his hokey acting career. This movie is very much what i really would picture his real life to be like. Then things take a twist as he enters a bank to have money wired to his lawyer for his child custody case.
Mr. Van Damme is taken hostage in robbery in progress by a group of tough guys . To make matters worse the police end up thinking he’s involved. I don’t want to give to much away here as it’s a pretty cool little story that develops. It’s kind of a what if type scenario that plays out in a most intriguing way-yes Van Damme intriguing!! I never thought it would happen. I would definately recommend checking this out if you are a fan or even if you are not. If you don’t trust me then find out why TIME Magazine is now calling “Jean Claude Van Damme a bold, gifted actor”. Me? Well i’m gonna go rent Bloodsport again and get back to my JCVD roots….