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Jean-Claude Van Damme

  1. Kevin Peter Hall, Predator, 1987.   The actioner with two future Governors: California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger and Minnesota’s ex-wrestler Jesse Ventura. Having “the title role,” helped the lone Belgian in town win a three-picture deal. with lowly Cannon Films. Once signed for Bloodsport, Van Damme worried he might get injured inside the predator suit - and kept “fainting” on the Mexican set until he got what he wanted - the sack. One step towards his 15 minutes. He may havE had more muscles from Brussels  but Pittsburg’s Hall beat him where it counted - height. Hall was 6ft. 9ins.   Perfect for the titular beast. No to mention, Harry the friendly Sasquatch (loooking like Chewbacca’s father) in the 1986 Harry and the Hendersons movie and 1991 series

  2. Patrick Swayze, Next of Kin, 1989.   Country bumpkins v the Mafia. Again. For the hero of his respun Raw Deal, 1985, UK director John Irvin went from The Obvious Aces: Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis… to the Tango and Cash possibles: Michael Biehn, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kurt Rusell… plus The Also-Rans: Tommy Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Dennis Quaid. And even French Christopher Lambert, Swedish Dolph Lundgren and Belgian Jean Claude Van Damme… for a Chicago cop!
  3. Michael Biehn, Timebomb, 1991.     The studio said: No Biehn.  Get Chuck Norris or... The Muscles from Brussels.  The Israeli writer-director Avi Nesher said: No.  Biehn said: I'll take a salary cut. The studio said: We love him!

  4. Sasha Mitchell,  Kickboxer 2: The Road Back, 1991.      Once described as “a Van Damme sequel without Van Damme.” He  passed to be twins in Double Impact. Well, of course he did!
  5. Linden Ashby, Mortal Kombat, 1994.    Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon, was set forJohnny Cage in the $20m debut of the franchise based on the video game when accidentally shot dead during The Crow, 1993. JCVD, Tom Cruise, Gary Daniels, and Johnny Deppwere bypassed by the Floridiansurfer and martial arts champ. And JCVD preferred to make Street Fighter... and stupidly, arrogantly refused a three-film Universal deal at $12 a pop. He insisted on $20m - to help pay for his daioly 10 grams of coke. “Everything I was touching was making money. Jim Carrey was being paid a fortune. And I wanted to play with the system. Like an idiot!" Studios agreed and cut him off."I was on the blacklist. That was it."
  6. Ted Prior, Mutant Species, 1994.    Director David A Prior had big ideas - Arnold Schwarzenegger  and Van Damme opposite Dee Wallace Stone, Bill Duke and Michael Ironside. The suits cut his cloth to match his  his B-horror flick. However, Prior got his way about  Powers Boothe… and the ex-Captain Marvel,  Jackson Bostwick
  7. Sylvester Stallone, Demolition Man, 1999.    The dumbest  of the  twelve producers (associate, co-, exec, etc) wanted Van Damme - or, Steven Seagal - as the ultra-violent  nasty, Simon Phoenix…
  8. Wesley Snipes, Demolition Man, 1999. … while both guys were more  interested only in hero, John Spartan, but hey! Stallone soon had a lock on that!  Vam Damme said they should swop ropes.  
  9. Hiroyuki Sanada, Rush Hour 3, 2007.    In the mix for the villain Kenji (with Tony Jaa, Vinnie Jones, Steven Seagal and Wenzhuo Zhao) when director Brett Ratner’s  Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker road show hit Paris.
  10. Steve Prouty, Zombieland, 2009.     The first idea was to have a celeb as the punched-in-the-facezombie. Mark Hamill, Matthew McConnaughey, Joe Pesci, Patrick Swayze, were also contacted.By 2011 ,Sylvester Stallone invited JCVD to join The Expendables 2. “He’s had his ups and downs,” said Sly, "but I believe once you've had that star, it's just a matter of re-igniting it.”
  11. Tom Scott, Enemies Closer, 2013.   When director Peter Hyams  was offered the film, Van Damme was attached as the hero.  “Been there, done that,“ said Hyams. He wanted Van Damme as the villain. “I told Jean-Claude that I was going to fashion the bad guy to be this incredibly flamboyant character: a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Robin Williams. He's going to be crazy, funny and lethal. And he pulled it off beautifully… It was a chance to show a different side of Van Damme. His character is all ninety-degree arcs: he's smiling and sweet one minute, then sticks a knife in someone's belly.“

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