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Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Birthday: 18 October 1960, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Birth Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Height: 177 cm

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" st ...Show more

Jean-Claude Van Damme
I love challenges. If you don't have any and can do whatever you want, then it's probably time to di Show more I love challenges. If you don't have any and can do whatever you want, then it's probably time to die. Hide
Timecop (1994) could have been a very profitable franchise, but those idiots chose instead to sell t Show more Timecop (1994) could have been a very profitable franchise, but those idiots chose instead to sell the rights to television. That could have also been the case with _Bloodsport_, but they settled instead on second-rate kick-boxers for the sequels. - [on his famous films sequels] Hide
I've become 40, my audience is partly the same age. I've become 40, my audience is partly the same age.
God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple. God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
(2008) I see dogs on the street, and I adopt them. I took seven dogs from Thailand, and a few of the Show more (2008) I see dogs on the street, and I adopt them. I took seven dogs from Thailand, and a few of them are paralyzed. One has three paws instead of four. One is limping, so we bought him a wheelchair. I spent my own money to fly them back by private jet. In commercial, they can have heart attacks because of stress - it's dark and icy cold. I love animals. I have nine dogs and a kitty. My biggest orgasm - not in a sexual way - is to walk with my dogs on the beach. In Belgium we have these wide sidewalks. You feel like you're on the Planet Moon, and I can make them feel like movie stars. Hide
I am very proud of that film. I am persuaded that here, in the United States, it would have been a g Show more I am very proud of that film. I am persuaded that here, in the United States, it would have been a great success in theaters. And if you ask me why I am so proud of Replicant, it is because we succeeded in making a big film with very reduced budgets. Hide
[on who should play the villain in The Expendables 3 (2014)] I think Steven Seagal has such a good p Show more [on who should play the villain in The Expendables 3 (2014)] I think Steven Seagal has such a good presence. And he should lose some weigh, which isn't that difficult. I think he has lots of charisma. Even though he speaks bad about me sometimes, I think it's all bullshit. He's a nice guy. I think he has his own type of temper, vision, character. But he would be great in Expendables as a bad guy. Hide
[on Timecop (1994) director Peter Hyams] He was the only one who visited me in the clinic when I was Show more [on Timecop (1994) director Peter Hyams] He was the only one who visited me in the clinic when I was there years ago. All the agents and managers who made a fortune with me never came. Hide
"I am the Fred Astaire of karate". "I am the Fred Astaire of karate".
[on Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)] I refused a sequel. I wasn't offered enough money. Instead, w Show more [on Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)] I refused a sequel. I wasn't offered enough money. Instead, we did a new film, Double Impact (1991), rather than just make Kickboxer 2. Hide
I love playing the villain, but a villain with class. I love playing the villain, but a villain with class.
What is a movie star? It is an illusion. It was everything I ever wanted to be, but it became a kind Show more What is a movie star? It is an illusion. It was everything I ever wanted to be, but it became a kind of shell, non? It was what made me famous and got me women. But it wasn't real. Hide
[on rejecting Sylvester Stallone's offer of a part in The Expendables (2010)] Stallone gave me a par Show more [on rejecting Sylvester Stallone's offer of a part in The Expendables (2010)] Stallone gave me a part in his next movie, but I ask him about the subject, about the story. He said, 'You're gonna make lots of money.' I don't want to hear that, I want to hear what was my character. He was unable to tell what it's going to be. [Stallone said:] 'You know, uh, well, the fighting will be good.' [So I said:] 'Syl, what is my character?' So I didn't do the movie. Hide
I have lots of respect for Christopher Walken. Did you see him in King of New York (1990)? Steve McQ Show more I have lots of respect for Christopher Walken. Did you see him in King of New York (1990)? Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman are terrific. I feel their movies have quality. Rocky and Rambo were filled with drama and passion. Arnold doesn't move me. I like movies like The Godfather (1972) and The Deer Hunter (1978). These are films with real solid acting, real talent. Hide
[His response to being asked what he thinks of his nickname 'Muscles from Brussels]: "It's better th Show more [His response to being asked what he thinks of his nickname 'Muscles from Brussels]: "It's better than being called 'The Idiot from Brussels'." Hide
I liked the movement, technique and philosophy and I was training to be the best. Karate's a very bo Show more I liked the movement, technique and philosophy and I was training to be the best. Karate's a very boring sport, but when you know the technique you can go further and further. You need at least six or seven years to understand the philosophy and concentration of karate to know to clean your spirit of everything and dedicate your mind and body to the sport. I also use it for concentration before acting scenes. Hide
I'm one of the most sensitive human beings on Earth -- and I know it. I'm one of the most sensitive human beings on Earth -- and I know it.
Hard Target (1993) was a bad script, but we had some great action scenes, and John Woo made me look Show more Hard Target (1993) was a bad script, but we had some great action scenes, and John Woo made me look like a samurai with greasy hair. Hide
Ten, 15 years ago, Sly, Arnold, those guys, were well-built; of course, they had to act and find goo Show more Ten, 15 years ago, Sly, Arnold, those guys, were well-built; of course, they had to act and find good scripts, but today action heroes don't have to be Mr. Muscles. What really helps a guy to become an action hero today is the directing of the movie. All those fast cuts. Hide
An action hero has to be always in shape mentally and physically. People, sometimes they believe Sly Show more An action hero has to be always in shape mentally and physically. People, sometimes they believe Sly, Arnold, myself, we're athletes, you cannot make mistakes. But Hollywood forgives, I guess. Hide
My dreams came true in America. It's not possible in Belgium. I grew up sadly. Skinny kid. Big, thic Show more My dreams came true in America. It's not possible in Belgium. I grew up sadly. Skinny kid. Big, thick glasses. Everything I've done is a miracle. Hide
In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama. In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama.
I took his (Alex Van Damme) name, in fact from his father because his father sent me for the first t Show more I took his (Alex Van Damme) name, in fact from his father because his father sent me for the first time in Hong Kong to be a picture model. I'm not enough tall to be a catwalk model, plus too big for that, and we became very good friends and I took his name as an honor. Because my name, by the way, is too complicated, it's Van Veren Berg, so in America it sounds like "Van Varen Berg" (said with American accent). So Van Damme it's punchy, short, and clear. - [on adopting the name 'Van Damme'] Hide
[circa 1992] You have to have a dream, the passion to make it, to make it, to really, really make it Show more [circa 1992] You have to have a dream, the passion to make it, to make it, to really, really make it. Hide
Jean-Claude Van Damme's FILMOGRAPHY
All as Actor (52) as Director (1) as Creator (3)
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