If you love
martial arts and action movies, then you are without a doubt familiar with this legendary name that needs no introduction: Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The star of such classics as "Bloodsport," "Kickboxer," "Hard Target," "The Expendables 2" and now -- this Volvo commercial above. Okay, we know what you're thinking, but before you decide to judge or move on, realize that this is not just any commercial. This is a Jean-Claude Van Damme commercial!
The Internet is buzzing about a new online commercial that shows actor Jean-Claude Van Damme appearing to perform a split between two moving Volvo FM trucks. Volvo says the stunt really happened.
“The stunt is real and is performed in just one take,” said Anders Vilhelmsson, public relations manager for the Volvo Trucks brand. “It’s a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved.”
Van Damme, 53, was hooked to safety lines that aren’t visible in the film, and each foot is on a small platform that was built on the trucks’ side mirrors.
The stunt, meant to advertise Volvo Trucks’ new dynamic steering system, has drawn more than 20 million views on YouTube since the video was posted on Nov. 13.
It was filmed on a airstrip in Spain called Ciudad Real. Prior to filming, the production team rehearsed the stunt for three days. The final version had to be completed within just 15 minutes – from 8:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. – when the sunlight was just right.