JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME AT HOME with Richard Blackwood interview visit Los Angeles


[Music]
Does he have any dogs by the way? No Dogs! No Dogs! No.
Black men and dogs don’t go. That’s like that’s like chicken and cheese,
that sh– don’t go together (No pitbull! No doberman pincher!)
Look at this look at this. You might wanna knock there.
Jean-Claude! Is there cameras? Does he have cameras?
Oh yeah he has a security camera hey hey!
What is that big four legged thing I see right there?!
That’s a dog, bro! Well that’s not a vicious dog! It’s a… you
know It’s Jean-Claude’s dog! It must be vicious
bro, the guy knows Kung Fu for like 15 years Uh oh, somebody’s at the window.
They called security. Where we’re looking?
hello? I don’t think he’s coming back downstairs.
Tell you what, you knock the door, alright that way if he comes out to kick somebody
in the chin it’s you. I ain’t gettin involved
Ringing the bell’s good! I said yeah I think Jean-Claude said hold
on– OOP [Laughs]
Oh wait a minute! I have to take a shower – 20 minutes
Go ahead – do your thing. It won’t take – sorry guys I’m late
Do it, brother, handle your business. Thank you very much sorry guy
Sorry, sorry, sorry… Handle. Alright.
Okay. In a mo – we’re right here
See you Take care.
Alright. This is Jean-Claude’s car people. Film this. ONE of his cars. How many cars
does he have? Well, for the record – a few.
A few. We like that. I like this is the beach house car
Imagine you can have a car specific to where it is that you live
I live by the beach – I have a beach car This is my beach car right here.
That’s my wife Gladys Don’t! I look terrible
You look great. We met twice, we shook hands twice.
Here you go a third time it’s a cup of coffee Okay some water and then we go.
Now are we going to take our car or the limo. (chatter)
It’s cool guy. Right there, talking away, it’s cool guy.
more than we do now (chatter)
I changed my schedule.
We have meetings all day today. Book, book, book.
Can I go with my car. We’ll do an interview at the factory
Yeah. There, and then because I’ve got to go from
downtown LA to meetings all day all day all day by the time I come back with the limo
yeah I will be missing on my meetings. We’ll do
the interview in the factory In the factory
This is cool with the machines of [machine noises]
I’m down with the [machine noises] Are you going to shoot right now?
No, we can walk and talk. Because we wouldn’t mind seeing the Jean-Claude
home You want to see my home?
I would love to see your home. You like that baby?
It’s a mess now. It’s a mess?
Okay. We have a new lady… and she’s trying to
get organised. Okay that’s alright, we don’t want to go in
your house and the first time it’s messy! But also they’re waiting for me with the machine
in the factory – we have to because – there- You know next time we’ll have special things!
Oh alright, we tried to get in the home, but that’s alright we can go to the garage instead
that’s cool. Alright, he’s gonna get the keys for the car.
I was trying to get in the house you know. Houses. We’re gonna rush the house!
It’s not in the briefcase? (chatter)
Just one second – very fast… Only the 2 of you.
Only 3 you’ll see the house. Don’t go in the bedroom!
No we won’t go in the bedroom. We’ll do that another time.
We’ll do a special occasion. I promise.
I’m sorry. We ain’t gonna try break up a happy home.
How did he turn around his bigass car?! Which channel is this?
This is Sky. Sky? Sorry sorry I’m sorry.
It’s Sky channel. Say hello to Sky channel.
Hello Sky channel! He’s all over the programme, we’ve interviewed
him. Baby I love you!
He’s going to kiss his lady. Look at that – a lot of love there. A lot
of love. So you’ve got meetings are we talking about
some new movies from Jean-Claude Van Damme? What’s happening?
New movies new movies – a lot of shh man I stopped training for 6 months
6 months is that a long time? Yeah I travel all around the world trying
to put up some stuff together mmm-hmm
and it worked well okay
and I would get two movies in the can What are they called, so we know.
Replicant, and then The Order. So you shot them back to back?
I’m starring in 2 new movies soon. Reconstruction.
Yes I’ve noticed this. It the award in 1992 for the best construction.
It resists the earthquake and everything. Now this is a badass car, so what can I sit
up in the front is that what you’re saying? You come with me.
Alright! Just let people know I’m getting in Jean-Claude’s
car, so just back up this is exclusive stuff right here.
See you guys don’t be late! Wait for you! Back from Jean-Claude’s car. Don’t want you
scratching it. Just get back there please, thank you.
Was Richard okay in the car? Yeah, he he’s putting his hand on my leg…
Now I don’t know why he’s trying to take it there, ‘cos you know…
I was not safe with him! [laughs]
I don’t know what happened to Richard, but now I know the real Richard!
That was cool guy. Yeah it’s cool.
You want a jean? You want a jean?
They all look like they’re finished. Is this all your line here?
No, we’ve got other key brand… We’ve got gas…
Oh okay. Oh OH OH and of course, DAMMAGE 7!
Ahh! There you go! Be careful of your lens!
I came very close. Yeah that was actually quite good.
Oh oh oh oh! Your kicks are very good! Your kicks are very
good! Can we have one?
I knew a girl with some legs like this once. Alright these are some big jeans right here.
There’s some big jeans. The big fat guy.
Yeah there’s some overweight lovers in the house.
Do you know what, you’re actually taller than I thought you’d be.
Excuse me? You’re taller than I thought you would be.
Oh yeah. A lot of people said you were short, but you’re
quite tall! What are you about 5’8″?
Five, 5’9″. 5’9″? Yeah you’re very tall!
I’ll have your shoes man. Yeah, well I got these for free.
Adidas, Dada. But I like yours those are Pradas, right?
Yeah yeah yeah, I’ve got small feet. Yeah well I’m a size 10, what are you? Size
8? 9.
Okay that’s not bad. I’ve got them in white.
Oh oh oh oh! Move forward a bit!
That’s not, is that the back of your feet? Ey! Hey! Hey! Amigo!
You know what they say about people with big feet!
You know what they say. Big big big hands.
Big hands, big wallet, okay. It’s kind of cool because people are gonna
see what they call a movie star like a normal guy right?
Yeah that’s what they want. You too, you’re a normal guy. And we’re here
in a factory with very normal people and you can see how they make jeans because the movie–
And all the– See the other side to Jean-Claude. The other
side. yeah
hey whaaa- Hey Jorge, momento…
Shhaa! It’s like we’re sparring.
[fighting noises] He’s good, he’s good he’s got the moves!
I reckon I could take him. But I ain’t gonna try! Know what I mean?
This is my, by the way that’s Arri, Arri Arrous, my jean designer.
Oh okay. The head of my company. Dammage 7. He’s been
in the jean business for the last 22 years. He’s sacrificed all his life for jeans. But
now finally he’s going to work for his own brand called Dammage 7.
Every time you come here, yeah
it reminds me when I start in Los Angeles yeah you was telling me in the car, now tell
the people how you- how it was back then. When I came in LA I came with a dream of becoming
a movie star right yeah
so I came here with nothing with that passion of wanting to make it
yeah now I get the same passion with the jeans
but before that I came here I drove a taxi Limousine –
You serious? I was sleeping in cars, I was sleeping in
garage sometimes I stole my food. I was having no money to buy the food you
know So it was real rags to riches
It was tough and rough yeah
and now I lost that you know when you drive the Bentley and a nice house and my kids they
they want a toy I can buy it yes
So I like to come back in this type of area Keeps you real.
Keeps me real, and the jean, that jean we are making it’s also part of that process
Oh wait, what’s this now? What’ve we got here? What’ve we got here?
Called the culture. Jean culture. Why culture? That jean will have, that jean will have a
pamphlet, “How to walk, and how to kick with it.”
[Laughs] You’ve got to show me that! You’ve got to
show me that. Low waist. High here. One pocket.
Yeah. No, sorry no bllshh…
Yeah. No bllshh It will have the Dammage 7 line.
Yeah. On the back. Very simple, with a side belt.
You know it’s like one, two… Yeah! You know like yes!
Your kicks are dangerous! If you like a different colour, we’ll have
like 3 of them. We’ll have the culture. The teacher. And the
key. K-E-Y, mono – mono. Wow.
Not homo. No no wait! Because we know Jean-Claude ain’t
no homo. We’re French! I go to France…
tell them the story. I just land from from America, and they say
are you a humble social – you know French people, they’re so obnoxious. They say the
English people are— I don’t think so.
No not at all. I’m very happy to be with Sky Channel.
Imagine like a guy… like a spy’s here. And the guy’s here, like a bad guy right?
Right there. So I go here.
This is Jean-Claude, watch this. [Martial Arts noises]
Hey come on, this is a real guy huh? No Bllshh– like er…
Noone starts trouble with Jean-Claude Van Damme do they?
They can’t start trouble… It’s for real stuff.
Because people say “Is he for real? Is he not for real?”
Yeah. Of course I’m for real.
Yeah yeah you can see that. That’s like a wide shot, no close ups, no
cuts. You know? You want to do lunch together?
Let’s do lunch! Okay we’ll have lunch together. And we’ll
talk about life. Yes we will, so are you going to go now
Er Richard… Blackwood.
No I know that but the… I slept with Richard Show.
I slept with Richard Blackwood but you didn’t. But…
I’m kidding, I didn’t. But woman want to see that, we’re not going to show that because
it’s not true! It’s not true.
That’s right. But that lady that you hugged…
Which one? Where did she go?
This is… oh look over there and… CUT! [LAUGHS]
Right now, the UK camera right here… It’s my show, right, right.
Nice guy. This is what happens in LA, you’re just walking
down the street… bump into huge stars. And they say hey, hi. How are ya?
I don’t know my way – when I was a taxi driver in Los Angeles I didn’t know my way.
So I drove those guys left and right He made the most money, getting lost! Right?
$13 was $26! Cos he took the long route. But he drove us
all around, and he had a navigational in the car. Just to let you know, in the spaceship.
That’s all I’m saying. Right, just let you know.
You believe in God? I believe in God. Cool.
Do you believe in God? I’m here.
Okay I hear that. What do you want to drink? Coke?
Can I have erm- Coke is not good for the stomach bro
that’s right it’s not good we’ve got to think ahead.
Sprite. [wind noise] Like a horse. I’m built like
a horse. Sprite is good.
By the way I want to make a correction for “smaller hands and small feet”
I know this thing is a legend where – well the coke is good for the cows and horse.
[Laughs] Do you think they’re gonna cut that stuff
out? They’ll keep it in.
No. They’ll keep it in – they’re gonna keep all
that stuff. They love that stuff. Oh gosh.
I’m gonna wash my hands. Yeah yeah go ahead.
Wash my hands. Go wash your hands bro, cos, I know what you’ve
been doing. [laughs] Handle your business. I won’t tell
nobody but wash your hands. Come with me.
Are you sure? Follow us in the toilet.
Follow us in the bathroom, so he cannot take advantage of me. [laughs]
You see how he asked ME to go to the bathroom though.
Oh sorry. What’s up!
Well I’m in here, I’ll see you guys in a minute. Gonna handle my business.
Might have to put the lock on the door. My secret? Always wash your hands. Also for
all the kids on the TV. Film Jean-Claude washing his hands!
Look you always wash your hands BEFORE going to the toilet.
Why is that? Because, you know your weewee’s clean no matter
what. So you shake hands shake hands and people are sweating from their hands, so you have
to wash – wash your hands before and after. Ahhh ha!
Yes Now I have to be honest, I didn’t know that.
No, it’s common sense buddy. [LAUGH]
It’s not that common, bro. It’s common sense! Buddy.
I’ll wait for you. Wait for me bro.
Okay, soap. Very good soap. Wash hands. Towel, sir?
Paper sir? Like in Hong Kong. Been to Hong Kong?
Never. You go to a bathroom in Hong Kong, you wash
your hand, the guys there are [noises] And this. [noises]
What was Jean-Claude the kid like? When he was growing up?
Skinny. Serious?
Very skinny. I was very very skinny
yeah I was very skinny, I was not very gifted
yeah from nature no.
So he wasn’t – was he a sporty kid or was he… what was he?
In sports all the time. yeah?
yeah because I was having a few… not handicap – I was a lefty they made me a right hand
– they forced me to be a right hand which is bad I mean, not good I’m saying
yes It was not necessary for me to to be changed
to a right hand because I like freedom a lot and I was always a freedom child
yeah I was drawing a lot
Are you a good artist? yeah
me too I like drawing oh yeah?
yeah I like drawing real life though – you know people do abstract art. I do real life.
Yeah, yeah. so I was not really… I started karate first
yeah Karate and…
What style? Shotokan.
Oh, that’s what Chuck Norris does. Yes. Start Shotokan…
My teacher stretched me a lot when I was young you know I was doing – I was phenomenal
No you are, but even now you’re still very fast.
I was able to put a clay between my toes and I was writing my hair – and my my name with
my foot You can– can you still do that now?
No. I mean I’ve got to go back into hard training,
to do so, but I was like in balance, like this against the board. And I’m going “Jean”
you know the perfect writing, right? J – E – so imagine the hip working, and…
the bottom… One question how did this come about?
Oh, the bump? Yeah.
Er… the training. From past training. Always hit the same sides.
Serious? Yes.
Also – and also I came out of water in a pool, and a guy land on my, with his heel on my
head. From the… Diving in.
Diving in, yeah. Cos, that – that’s some years old now. You’ve
had that a while right? Yeah. And when you lose weight, when I lose
weight for movies, it shows more because less fat you have on your face – more prominent…
Yeah prominent. Prominent.
Prominent. Prominent.
There you go. You’re gonna do well in Los Angeles –
I hope so. If you start acting here.
I hope so – that’s the whole joy like with ICM, signing with ICM. They they get it and
they wanna push the Blackwood phenomenon ICM, they’re good to package deals together
which is good for you yeah
Maybe they will package us together We need to do that.
I’ve got this script called “The Monk” – it can be wonderful for us because it’s between
a caucasian monk, Caucasian monk and a black– black American actor – like English actor
I can play that yeah and it’s funny… And he has to be physical.
which you have a great body so I get some fight scenes – is that what
you’re saying? Plenty.
I’m down. I know.
I am down with that. Real. It’s been very nice. Cool guy.
You. Okay, gah.
Cool guy. This is Jean-Claude! Very real. He took time
out of his busy schedule to film with us, so.
And Richard is the same type of guy. As real as me. If not better.

18 comments

  1. honestly i watched a bit of this and i just thought screw van damme.. hopping about like a kid in a factory of mexican workers making his jeans.

  2. John Claude Van Damme should have been a multimillion-dollar actor he's the last authentic Action Hero

  3. Jean Claude really appriciates his fans and has one of the most loyal fan base in film. He went through a bad patch with personal problems but the fans still stood by and supported him because of the impact he had on our childhood. He repays us now by connecting with us daily on social media and doing loads of appearances sharing his knowledge about training. He's even attracted a new younger generation of fans, that's how much of a legend he is. He's genuine guy.

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