Jean-Claude Van Damme: Back with movie ‘JCVD’

After a week of missed connections, Jean-Claude Van Damme is calling from Bangkok, apologizing for the early hour in his instantly recognizable French-Belgian accent: "Please, call me J.C."

J.C. is excited about "JCVD," the most unusual film he's made - and the first to be released theatrically in the United States in 10 years. In it, he plays himself - Jean-Claude Van Damme, a 47-year-old washed-up movie star, losing roles to Steven Seagal, going through a nasty divorce and child custody battle, and trying to put years of drug and sex escapades behind him.

"So I did my own therapy in the movie," Van Damme laughed. "When you think about it, all these millions of euros for one guy to be cured!"

Things are actually going great for the Muscles From Brussels, the Belgian kickboxing champion who became an international martial arts star in the 1980s and spent a few years as a top box office star in films such as "Bloodsport," "Timecop" and John Woo's first Hollywood film, "Hard Target," all the while battling personal troubles. But as his career declined, he moved away from Los Angeles and cleaned up his act, including reconciling with his second wife, Gladys Portugues, who reprised her role as J.C.'s wife No. 5 in 1999. They have three children and live in Hong Kong.


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