Jean-Claude Van Damme – what you DIDN’T know
Jean-Claude Van Damme was a pretty big star in the 80’s and 90’s, but, like many aging action/martial arts film stars, his star has dwindled quite considerably in recent years.
Martial arts films, in general, don’t seem to be as popular today as they once were. Perhaps with MMA and UFC now so popular, most people don’t really think the JCVDs and Steven Seagals of the world can actually fight like we see them do in the movies, and perhaps they are right to some degree.
Nevertheless, Jean-Claude Van Damme specifically is one of the few martial arts film stars who probably can actually hold his own in a fight to some degree, especially when compared to other stars in that world. He does possess a legitimate, competitive background in karate and kickboxing as well to a certain degree.
In this video below, we find out some other things about Jean-Claude Van Damme that you probably didn’t know. For instance, did you know his real name isn’t even Jean-Claude Van Damme? It’s actually Jean-Claude Van Varenberg which doesn’t exactly have the same kind of ring to it as Van Damme does, so perhaps the name change was a good move for his career.
So check out the video below to find out some other cool stuff about JCVD that you probably didn’t know, including what went on between him and Australian pop star, Kylie Minogue, on the set of Street Fighter (1994).
ABOUT JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME:
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Lionheart (1990), Double Impact (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012). He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shōtōkan Karate School. His styles consist of Shōtōkan Karate and Kickboxing. He eventually earned his black belt in karate at 18. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. [Source: Wiki]