Thursday 5 May 2011

TV: Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors

This compulsive reality show follows the hectic life of the action movie star as he attempts to regain his former Hollywood status.

In each episode he travels far and wide, often for small roles in foreign films, but inevitably ends up partying the night away. All while he should be training for an upcoming kick-boxing bout with a former Olympic champion.

Van Damme comes across well for the most part, showing himself as someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously and who would rather spend time with his beloved dogs than jetting off to appear in low budget movies.

Highlights include: Accidentally kicking an extra full in the face while filming. His reaction to hearing that he won’t be a part of the upcoming Bloodsport remake. Striving to make up for past misgivings to his long-suffering wife and realising that, at 50 years of age, the proposed fight might not be such a good idea.

The finale is due to be broadcast here in the UK next week and the dvd box set will be available soon.

Highly recommended for past and current fans of the Muscles From Brussels.

Ric’s Rating: 80%


  1. I don't get that show, although I've heard about it. Remember the movie where he played himself as a down-and-out actor? JCVD?

  2. It's on my shelf Alex and I haven't got round to watching it yet although this is pushing me towards it.

  3. ah, Jean Claude Bam Bamme :) Remember the time back in the 90's when he was actually the king of Hollywood? :)

  4. Hi Dez, in this series he claims to have turned down a $12milliom per movie deal because he wanted $20million per movie. That act got him blacklisted in Hollywood.

  5. hadn't heard of this. thanks for the info.

  6. I've never heard of this show. I don't think it's been shown in my area at all...

  7. E, thanks for stopping by.

    Pat, it was made for UK tv but no doubt it'll head your way soon.


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