Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme Balance Between Two Moving Trucks and Do a Split

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“I should have been dead a couple of times,” Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian martial-arts star, told TIME’s Richard Corliss back in 2009, talking about his wild Hollywood life full of hard drugs, fast women and loose money. Van Damme continued, “But something is holding me here. I’ve got a good star.” A good star? Or a good car?

In a voice-over that runs over the beginning of a new Volvo ad, the action star echoes some of what he said to Corliss back in ’09. “I’ve had my ups and downs. My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That’s what made me what I am today,” says Van Damme, 53. “Now I stand here before you. What you see is a body crafted to perfection.” Then Van Damme does what may be the most epic splits ever done between two trucks set to an Enya soundtrack.

The star of films such as as “Universal Soldier” (1992), “Timecop” (1994) and “The Expendables 2″ (2012), who is known as the “Muscles from Brussels” stands between two trucks that slowly move apart forcing Van Damme do to the splits. While the stunt  “was set up to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering — a world first technology that makes the new Volvo FM easier to drive,” according to the ad’s YouTube page, the commercial mostly shows what a complete and total badass Van Damme still is.

The actor’s mind-blowing acrobatics went up on YouTube on Wednesday and already has been viewed more than 6 million times.

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14 comments
JohnDupree
JohnDupree

This is performance art at its best...regardless of the commercial context.  The camera angles, music all take it well beyond a simple commercial.

KevinPowerThorup
KevinPowerThorup

A Little logic needs to be used here.
1: If the trucks are really going backwards, the trailers have been fixed, as the slightest bit you turn your front-wheels the trailer will start turning.

2: Van Damme can actually do this: https://www.google.dk/search?q=van+damme+split&client=firefox-a&hs=bvT&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mLaMUun0FKfr4wTihYDgBQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=978

3: It's a commercial, so i believe there have been used some sort of cheating the mind.
 - for those who sees the sun going "Up", well if they filmed the trick while the sun was going down, they could do this with having the trucks running forward and then simply reverse the recordings, and by doing that they would get the "SunRise" effect.

sunray
sunray

this has to be one of the most talked about and viewed "hollywood" splits!


sixfoot.us.f
sixfoot.us.f

IF you watch the preliminary interview you will see the explanation.  They are going backwards to show the stabilization of the vehicles.  To all those who think he can't do that split, go back 25 years... he used to do it on the tops of chairs! 

I am proud of him.  He was in great shape when he was young and he let money get to him.  VERY few return to the state his body is in from the depths it hit. 


KUDOS Jean Claude!

AaronDarc
AaronDarc

IT'S NOT REAL. Arrgggghhh!! How stupid are people?! This stupid, obviously. 

ToddMazanekSr.
ToddMazanekSr.

it is very cool...but if you watch it closely...the footage is being played in reverse...he started in the split position and ended up standing straight up...cool....but i'm just saying...

Lillylou
Lillylou

@KevinPowerThorup actually, the 2 trucks are different, the truck that moves away from the artic, is a 6 wheeler fixed truck and not an artic, they are going backwards, it has been said that Van Damme was fitted with safety wires, which have been taken out on editing, no CGI was used and it is not filmed forward and then reversed

luigicamp
luigicamp

@ToddMazanekSr. Obviously you aren't watching close enough. Look at the bottom of his shirt, the wind comes from behind, so he HAD TO move backwards. Keep your eyes at the shirt all the way to 1:20, still moving!

Soup_Or_Man
Soup_Or_Man

@ToddMazanekSr. They actually had the trucks going in reverse (Notice how they are both looking at their side mirrors the entire time) so that in the event he fell off they wouldn't run him over. 

ShirLs_B
ShirLs_B

@luigicamp @ToddMazanekSr. I'm not so sure... sometimes if the wind is gentle enough, whether it's blowing from the front or back will still lift the hem a little. What creates the most doubt for me are the tyres of the trucks. They seem to be indicating the trucks are really rolling forward instead of backwards, so I'm inclined to agree it was played in reverse.

Nonetheless, an amazing feat.