VAN DAMME RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA AFTER ALMOST 20 YEARS
By John Pond For all those that want to see and hear this great Hollywood film star, martial artist, bodybuilding champion, screenwriter, film producer and director you will be pleased to know Jean-Claude Van Damme will be appearing in Sydney and Melbourne in August.
A must see – “An Evening With Jean-Claude Van Damme – Unplugged & Unscripted” is selling out fast. “The Muscles from Brussels” will talk to his audience as he reflects on his great career, his life and his views on fitness and health. There will be a Q&A session during which all his audience, including this writer will be eagerly awaiting.
Jean-Claude Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Van Varenberg, on 18 October 1960, in Brussels, Belgium which earned him the nickname The Muscles from Brussels. He began martial arts at the age of ten and earned his black belt at 18. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title and numerous Martial Arts Championship titles. In 1982 Jean-Claude moved to the US with the objective of becoming a movie star. He was cast as an extra in the film, Breakin’ but an impromptu demonstration of his splits for Hollywood producer Menahem Golan in a chance meeting outside an LA Restaurant earned him a contract with Cannon Films. His breakout film was Bloodsport, it became a U.S. box-office hit in 1988 and followed up with massive hits in the home video market with Cyborg, Kickboxer and Wrong Bet.
By 1990 the big Hollywood studios then came knocking and he headlined big budget action movies Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, Street Fighter, Time Cop, Sudden Death and more. He returned to the big screen in 2008 with JCVD and again in 2012 as the lead villain in Expendables 2.
It should be noted that we have to thank Goran Kurkioski of Melbourne company Fast Track Events. He has worked tirelessly to get JCVD to Australia over the last 10 months, apart from the numerous personal phone calls with Jean he flew to meet him in England last year and met with him in Los Angeles earlier this year. Next week he will be meeting with JCVD on the set of his latest movie that is currently filming in Thailand.
Shows are Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Tickets are available at www.jcvd.com.au