Jean Claude Van Damme Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

12th May 2015

Fact: Jean-Claude Van Damme showed off his dancing skills when he recreated a scene from Streetfighter during an appearance on U.S. late-night show Conan on Monday (11May15). Two stuntmen also stepped up to fight the Belgian martial arts star in the recreation.

22nd November 2013

Fact: Actor Channing Tatum has attempted to copy martial arts icon Jean-Claude Van Damme's splits stunt on the top of two moving lorries in a new Volvo advert by recreating the gymnastic feat on the set of his 21 Jump Street sequel. In a spoof video, which has been posted online, Tatum stands atop two food trolleys as two assistants push them slowly apart, but the movie hunk falls off and ends up on the ground, holding his crotch in mock pain.

30th August 2012

Quote: "It was Sly that made me love movies again. He's just a great guy who knows exactly how to inspire and motivate you." Jean-Claude Van Damme on his mentor and The Expendables 2 co-star Sylvester Stallone.

29th August 2012

Quote: "I was never a very educated man. I left school when I was 12 years old. I sold flowers with my dad." Jean-Claude Van Damme never aspired to become a martial arts superstar as a child growing up in Belgium.

22nd June 2011

Fact: Belgian martial arts starJean Claude Van Damme is taking the 'Muscles from Brussels' back to the big screen in a new action film called Six Bullets. The Double Impact star will lead the cast of director Ernie Barbarash's new film about a kidnap expert hired to find a celebrity's abducted daughter.

13th April 2011

Quote: "I have extreme bipolar and I am taking medication for this." Jean-Claude Van Damme is treating his bipolar disorder.

13th April 2011

Quote: "I know one tradition - if I touch the shoes of a Ukrainian person they have to touch me back. I made the mistake when I was giving a hug to Mr Vladimir Putin, I touched his shoes and he touched my shoes back. So I touched him again. I thought it was a game and then I understood. A Ukrainian friend told me, 'Be careful, it's bad luck'. It was kind of funny." Jean-Claude Van Damme on his meeting with the Russian Prime Minister.

13th April 2011

Fact: Several of Jean-Claude Van Damme's family members have tattoos of a fern to mark the star's heritage. The fighter/actor's real last name is Van Varenberg, which is said to mean mountain fern.

28th January 2009

Quote: "Showing myself nude from the behind has never been a problem for me - but from the front, that's another story. I don't want to lose all my fans." Jean-Claude Van Damme is surprisingly shy.

6th November 2008

Quote: "If I go to the gym at least three times a week and if, once a week, I have a good dinner with friends, I can be happy. And I love the ocean. I'm not rich enough to own a yacht, but that is my dream. I would love to live on the water, my friend." Belgian action man Jean-Claude Van Damme craves a simple life.

25th August 2008

Fact: Movie hardman Jean Claude Van Damme will appear in a spoof documentary in which he plays himself encountering real-life hostage situations. The release is set to premiere at the Toronto Film International film festival next month (Sep08).

23rd February 2008

Fact: Model Petra Nemcova is personally selecting 10 Thai school children to work alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme on the Thailand shoot for new movie FULL LOVE. The recruitment has been organised by global volunteer organisation Projects Abroad.

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