Jean-Claude Van Damme—is there a Hollywood actor more a caricature of himself? And yet JCVD remains one of the most real, fiercest action heroes in cinema history.
You may also know him as a guy who won a court case due to an earthquake, and that he's trained in classical ballet, but you probably don't think of the Muscles from Brussels as one of the most quotable actors to ever live. In fact, in response to his own nickname he said, "It's better than being called the idiot from Brussels." He once was said to have remarked, "You don't need a flash to photograph a rabbit that already has red eyes."
Who's to say if all of these quotes can be attributed directly to JCVD? It may just be legend. Well, call us dreamers, but we—like the rest of the Internet, and Roger Ebert—like to believe they all originated from the man himself. Below, 17 of Jean-Claude Van Damme's best-ever quotes.
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9. "My body looks like 30 but my face looks like 50. But I cannot walk bare-chested in the streets."
10. "In the year 3,000, people are going to speak with sound waves. Don't think I'm crazy, the whales do it. Dolphins too."
11. “My last fight was more than 20 years ago. I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover. If somebody's going to speak bad about me, I will walk away. But if a guy like Steven Seagal slaps me once, I will slap him twice as hard. Life is full of violence."
12. "I now truly believe it is impossible for me to make a bad movie."