JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME 1980s RETROSPECTIVE - The making of a Hollywood action star - Part 1 of 4
Not an easy choice. Who is cooler: Chuck Norris or Jean-Claude Van Damme?
Universal Soldier or Tough Walker, Double Strike or Delta Squad. These guys were heroes of the 80s and 90s, even in Russia any child knew them and tried to imitate them. Each courtyard had its own Van Damme and its own Chuck Norris. They are legends that are still popular today. But it's time to find out who is cooler: the American Ranger or the Belgian bodybuilder?
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We compared the achievements of the legends in life and on the screen.
The reality of names
Tough guys must have the appropriate names ... You might be surprised, but Van Damme and Chuck are not real. Norris is actually Carlos Ray and Jean-Claude Van Damme is Jean-Claude Camille François Van Warenberg. Score 1: 1.
Chuck Norris dreamed of becoming a policeman as a child, so immediately after school he entered the ranks of the US Air Force and was sent to South Korea. However, the service quickly bored him, and he hit the sport. So much so that later he became the world champion in light heavyweight karate and the owner of the black belt in judo.
Van Damme, at the age of 16, entered the Belgian national karate team, in which he became the European champion and the owner of the black belt ... He then added the European Professional Middleweight Kickboxing Championship to this. Here again a draw - 2: 2.
Photo: Still from Invasion of the USA
After winning the European Championships, Van Damme had some money and opened a club in Brussels that he called California. Various types of martial arts were taught there, and Jean-Claude himself was the head coach. But he wanted more - popularity, in search of which he went to Hollywood.
His first job in Hollywood was given to Van Damme ... by Chuck Norris! Jean-Claude showed him impressive skills and technique, and he invited him to bounce as a bouncer at his club. So Norris' establishment became essentially home to Van Damme, and so began his great film career. It turns out that Jean-Claude would not have become a star if not for Chuck. Obviously the score in favor of Norris is 3: 2.
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It often happens that a student is superior to a teacher. Van Damme moved up the Hollywood career ladder much faster and got steep roles in successful action films: Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Bloodsport. He starred in one of the episodes of the cult TV series Friends and remained in sight even when the action genre was losing popularity.
Of course, in no case can we say that Norris's film career turned out to be unsuccessful. If she was, I would not be writing this text now. Tough Walker: The Texas Ranger really became legendered. After him, many children and teenagers dreamed of being like a daring guy in cowboy boots. But in general, other works turned out to be less successful than those of Jean-Claude. The score for the Belgian is 3: 3.
In 2009, Chuck Norris suddenly announced on the radio that Texas should become an independent state within the state. He was convinced that the US government failed after the 2008 mortgage crisis, and Texas could have avoided it if it claimed self-determination. And Chuck considered himself an ideal candidate for the presidency of the new state.
Norris was also one of the first famous people who strongly opposed permission to register same-sex marriages, which, of course, caused an extremely mixed reaction in the United States. Jean-Claude does not have such contradictory facts in his biography. Friendship with Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov should not be considered as such. Here Van Damme is clearly in the black - 3: 4.
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But in terms of the level of brutality with Chuck, no one can stand anywhere near. A cool ranger with a beard and a chic hat is for ages. Moreover, the image has not changed throughout the American's career. On the screen, Norris's characters are real examples of courage, therefore 4: 4.
The love of women
But the attention of the beautiful half of humanity was more attracted by Jean-Claude. The Belgian has broken many women's hearts. For three years in a row, the MTV Movie Awards recognized him as the Most Desirable Man in the World. Agree, there are no options here - 4: 5.
Photo: Still from the Kickboxer movie
The last category that will decide everything in our confrontation. Van Damme is certainly loved and adored to this day, but Chuck Norris went further and became one of the most popular memes in the history of the Internet. People were so inspired by Norris' coolness that they launched an insane flash mob. Here are some examples of what netizens think Chuck is capable of.
- If you see Chuck Norris, he sees you. If you can't see Chuck Norris, you may only have a few seconds left to live.
- Chuck Norris doesn't hunt because the word hunt implies the possibility of failure. Chuck Norris goes to kill.
- Chuck Norris is the only person to beat the wall in tennis.
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He was so remembered by the public as a tough ranger that turned into a hero of memes.
And in the very ending, Chuck Norris withequalizes the score - 5: 5. We have a fighting draw. Who do you think is cooler?