10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of an elite set of action heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Dolph Lundgren, who are the epitome of what was so great about ’80s, and ’90s action movies. He also comes from an era where social media didn’t exist, and although he was famous, not every move was publicized like it is for celebrities now which means there is so much fans don’t know about the JCVD! Check it out:
Back in 1997, Frank Dux, who is the man Jean-Claude Van Damme portrayed in his breakout role in Bloodsport, filed a lawsuit against Van Damme for $50,000. According to Dux, he did co-writing and consultation work on Van Damme’s 1996 film The Quest that he was never paid for, and also accused the actor and martial artist of lying about his fight record. The case was dismissed, however, because Dux reportedly lost any evidence that he had in an earthquake. In 1989, Van Damme was also sued for “wilfully gouging the eye” of an extra on the set of Cyborg for a sword fight scene.
9. Martial Arts
Van Damme began his training in martial arts at the tender age of 10 when he was enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school and he earned his black belt by the age of 18. When he was 12 years old, he joined the Centre National De Karate and trained for four years before earning a spot on the Belgian Karate Team. At 15 he began competing and from 1976-1980 held a record of 44 victories to only 4 defeats in tournament and non-contact matches. Van Damme began competing in full-contact matches in 1977 and from 1977-1982 had a record of 18 victories and only 1 defeat. During the height of his compeitive career he also began lifting weights in order to “improve his physique” and ended up winning the tile of Mr. Belgium in a bodybuilding compeition.