Jean-Claude Van Damme

In 1981, following a strong intuition, I started to record on black and white film Jean-Claude’s incredible journey from his gym in Brussels to Hollywood and international stardom. A 20-years photoessay at close range.

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Jean-Claude in his California Gym in Brussels, 1981.
Jean-Claude threatening his parrot in his California Gym in Brussels, 1981. Jean-Claude weights 99 kilos and is prepared to win, the next day, a bodybuilding contest.
Driving his BMW in Las Vegas, January 1990.
Working out in Los Angeles, January 1990.
Shooting of the movie "Full Contact", downtown Los Angeles, January 1990.
Shooting of the movie "Full Contact", downtown Los Angeles, January 1990.
During the shooting of "Full Contact", Los Angeles, January 1990.
In his trailer, Los Angeles, 1990.
Editing "Full Contact" in Los Angeles. Jean-Claude learned movie editing with "Bloodsport" ; the first version was so bad that he re-edited the movie in one night.
In 1990, Jean-Claude manages his career alone. Even when traveling, here in an hotel roopm, he stays on the edge. No break ; a four-hours sleep nights will do.
Los Angeles, 1990, with an early cell phone.
During the shooting of "Full Contact", January 1990.
On the set of "Double Impact", Hong Kong, December 1990.
Jean-Claude and Gladys, on the set of "Double Impact", Hong Kong, December 1990.
Jean-Claude and Gladys at home, Chatsworth, October 1991.
Dinner on the kitchen table with Kristopher and Bianca, Chatsworth, October 1991.
At home, answering fan mail. Chatsworth, California, October 1991.
Jean-Claude at home, Chatsworth, October 1991.
Hotel Bonaventura, Los Angeles, October 1991.
Jean-Claude tells director Sheldon Lettich his idea for a scene. Hotel Bonaventura, Los Angeles, October 1991.
Jean-Claude tells director Sheldon Lettich his idea for a scene. Hotel Bonaventura, Los Angeles, October 1991.
Jean-Claude tells director Sheldon Lettich his idea for a scene. Hotel Bonaventura, Los Angeles, October 1991.
Arnold's visit on the set of "Universal Soldier", Hoover Dam, Nevada, Octobre 1991.
On the set of "Nowhere to Run", California, July 1992.
On the set of "Nowhere to Run", under Robert Harmon's direction. California, July 1992.
With Voyo Goric, on the set of "Nowhere to Run", California, July 1992.
Jean-Claude and his early teacher Claude Goetz, in Brussels, Belgium, 1991.
Working with new students of his early teacher Claude Goetz in Brussels, 1991.
Working with new students of his early teacher Claude Goetz in Brussels, 1991.
With French TV stars Philippe Gildas and Antoine de Caunes. Paris, 1993.
With mother Eliane and wife Darcy LaPier, Paris, March 1993.
Jean-Claude's parents Eliane and Eugène, Festival de Cannes 1993.
With Kristopher at Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium, 1991.
Re-marriage with Gladys, Knokke-le-Zoute, June 1999.
Re-marriage with Gladys, Knokke-le-Zoute, June 1999.
Re-marriage with Gladys, Knokke-le-Zoute, June 1999.