Coming to REELZ this October is a looking inside the life of one of the world’s most known action heroes and movie legends with Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind the Closed Doors.

Known as the ‘Muscles from Brussels’, this actor has been seen in everything from BLOODSPORT, to UNIVERSAL SOLDIER to the box office smash films of THE EXPENDABLES 2. Born in Brussels in 1960, Van Damme began his martial arts at age 11 and trained at the National Center of Karate. After four years he became part of the Belgium Karate Team.

Competing in full and semi contact matches he won over any disbelievers. It would be Chuck Norris who gave Van Damme a break with a small role in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER in 1986 which would be followed by BLOODSPORT in 1988. So began a solid career in action films

Now, the man who turns 50 this year opens up his life to the cameras. Offering viewers unprecedented access to his life, his family and the things that mean the most to him, it is a deep perspective he offers.

For some this will be the first view of Van Damme’s parents, a relationship that is extremely important to him. Also with son Chris and daughter Bianca, who are both in the film with their father, get ready to make a film together called WEAPON.

Not afraid to show a softer side, he discusses his concern with the environment and what he would like to do to make a difference, including making a film about it. EAGLE PATH is a film about his environmental concerns that still needs to be completed and what makes this so important is his realizations about himself and the film.

While in production another aspect of Jean Claude is revealed – his love of dogs. It doesn’t take long during filming before a new member joins the Van Damme family.

The cameras follow Van Damme to Bucharest where filming takes place but it’s also an opportunity to hear from those he works closest with. The interviews are so candid and it’s easy to see why he keeps those he trusts close.

It is a look at a star that we truly know so little about – but that’s all about to change.

FINAL WORD: This is truly an intimate look at this iconic actor. Of course there is the side fans of the films see with his skills, but what I found even more interesting is the personal look at the man.

There is such lovely interactions with his children, his parents, and friends. It gives such a light to his humor and the fact that he doesn’t take himself seriously, especially when he has to fight, well, himself!

It is clear to see that Van Damme takes his two-legged family just as lovingly as he takes his four-legged family. Dogs that find their way to the Van Damme home soon learn that life is much better than they could have ever imagined.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME: Behind Closed Doors three and a half tubs of popcorn. Personally, it is fantastic to watch an actor that is so serious with his characters, invite us to see the light hearted person he.

I can’t imagine that it is easy to invite cameras to capture every moment of one’s life yet Van Damme seems to grasp that the good, bad and interesting are there for all of us to see. Even in 18th century costume garb we are witness to his sense of humor which I suspect is a reservoir just needing to be tapped!

Beginning October 2nd from REELZ where Hollywood Happens premiers the newest series JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME: Behind Closed Doors at 11 pm ET/8 PT.

In the end – there is more to the man than just a legend!



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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.

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