Since we last saw the guy who played a karate jock ad nauseam, Jean-Claude Van Damme racked up serial marriages, spread his seed to produce six children, struggled with cocaine addiction, fought a custody battle and moved to Hong Kong. With more than a decade of life experience under his belt, Jean-Claude is back with an arthouse makeover revealing his vulnerabilities.
“It’s just a name,” he says of the world-famous moniker Muscles from Brussels. “Today it’s difficult for me to accept that for myself,” the action hero explains when asked if he’s still a sex symbol. “I don’t think I deserve to be that. I’m not aiming to be a sex symbol anymore. I’m aiming to make myself feel good on a professional level, you know? I want to use movies to liberate people and myself — even if it hurts.”[ Read More ]