As is the case with most actors Jean-Claude spent the early years of his career in mostly uncredited bit parts, none of which I’ve seen in their entirety. After watching some of his scenes on youtube I don’t really feel the need.
Barbarous Street (1984)
|I found Waldo's stupid leaves tattoo!|
I’m kind of ashamed to admit I’ve never seen the penultimate break-dancin’ movie in its entirety. Van-Damme is very easy to spot in his scene; right at the front of the background in a black tank top, slapping his hands very enthusiastically. Some would say too enthusiastically, even distractingly. Whatever. Haters. I think it showed moxie, and a little flash of things to come. Van Damme is not a background player content to kind of shuffle in time to the music. He’s a star! Also, I can sympathize: if you look very closely during the wake at the beginning of Road to Perdition you can see a high-school-aged Danny standing around in the background. The only reason I say “barely see” and not “hamming it up, completely stealing the scene” is because I was asked very nicely not do so after ruining a take.
Missing in Action (1984)
The first and last time Van Damme and Chuck Norris would work together until The Expendables 2 nearly 20 years later. In this film Van Damme plays “Car Driver (uncredited).” It’s hard to say having not seen the film, but it hardly sounds like Van Damme’s martial skills were utilized to their fullest ability. Talk about a missed opportunity. I like The Expendables franchise as much as the next guy, probably more than the next guy, especially if that guy is Mahatma Gandhi (pacifist, also died before the films’ release); still I have to admit it would be better to see Chuck Norris and Van Damme squaring off in their prime than as middle aged, or in Chuck’s case, old aged men.
Monaco Forever (1984)
|Wizard Hottie costume. Absolutely nothing to do with HarryPotter|
|Ooooo! Music by Frank Harris? This just became a must see!|