Jean-Claude Van Damme vs. Scott Adkins in ‘The Shepherd’
The legendary martial arts movie icon Jean Claude Van Damme was pitted against one of the industry’s most impressive rising stars Scott Adkins in a hard-hitting fight scene for the action film, ‘The Shepherd’ in 2008.
The movie sees JCVD playing the role of Jack Robideaux, a border patrol agent attempting to stop ex-Special Forces soldiers smuggling heroin into the U.S. from Mexico, while Adkins plays one of the villains, ‘Karp’.
Known as ‘The Muscles From Brussels’, Belgian actor JCVD has an extensive martial arts background starting at the age of 12 when he began taking Karate lessons.
By the age of 15 he was competing in tournaments, compiling a record of 44-4 in semi-contact matches over a four year period and was part of the Belgian Karate team when they won the European karate Championship in 1979.
Van Damme would also compete in full-contact Karate tournament as well, recording an 18-1 record, before moving on to pursue a career in the movie business.
That would eventually lead to a breakout role in martial arts classic, ‘Bloodsport,’ which was a box-office smash hit in 1988 and led to him becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes in the 1990’s.
His adversary in ‘The Shepherd’, Adkins was just a boy when JCVD rose to fame and fortune, dreaming that one day he would be able to follow in the footsteps of his hero.
Starting out his martial arts journey at the age of 10, Adkins developed a love for a variety of disciplines, training in Taekwondo, Ninjitsu, Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Capoeira to name but a few, in addition to gymnastics.
That proved to be a potent combination that helped him break into the movie business, where he’d become highly respected for his ability to deliver seemingly gravity-defying acrobatic stunts without the use of wires or camera tricks.
Over the years Adkins has gone on to star in action movies like the ‘Undisputed’ franchise, landed minor roles in major blockbusters like ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, and since ‘The Shepherd’ has had the opportunity to work with JCVD in other movies like, ‘The Expendables 2’ and ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.’