An Experience with JCVD
I know we're all MMA fans, but many of us grew up watching martial arts movies when we were kids. For some of us it was Chuck Norris, for some Bruce Lee, but for me Jean Claude Van Damme was the absolute man. I had the entire script of Bloodsport memorised by the time I was about 10 and really thought that if I trained hard enough I could kick someone in the face and have it instantly replay from about ten different angles.
So, when my wife heard that the man himself was coming to Manchester she forked out for some pretty good tickets. We got to sit about three tables from the stage, just behind Amir Khan, Steve Collins and some other random celebrities from the world of sport and soap operas. Now don't get me wrong, I thought the whole night was awesome, but here's how it went:
JCVD was about 20 minutes late coming on to stage. The interviewer, Jenny Falconer (the skinny Scottish lady who does the lottery draws), said he was late because he was backstage 'doing his hair.' I assumed this was code for him being backstage smashing shots of vodka and lines of cocaine.
This was then instantly confirmed when he came onto stage wearing a hat (with 'JCVD' on it in big bold letters, in case we weren't sure who it was under there) and was clearly coked off his fucking face. He randomly drew a couple of trees and some symbols on a flip chart (why he did this was never explained) and then demanded the interview be stopped so he could get some water and some "tissue paper" to clean his nose (I have no idea what was up there). After that he just spent an hour talking his way through la la land. This included shouting at someone in the audience, constantly trying to chat up the interviewer, saying that the person who inspired him most was "love," telling us stories about shagging lots of randoms when he was a bouncer, doing the dance from Kickboxer (highlight of the night) and giving us a bunch of drugged up ramblings.
He ended the night by all of a sudden saying "play my trailer!" (there wasn't one) and then saying "I love you all!" and just walking off.
Absolutely awesome night.
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haha sounds class, loved action films in the 80's need some good action stars now.