Watch Van Damme Perform an Epic Split Between Two Moving Trucks


Are you split on what type of vehicle you should buy? Or are you looking to master space and time? Movie tough guy and stuntman Jean-Claude Van Damme performed an “epic split” between two moving Volvo trucks to demonstrate their gracefulness and to prove that he’s still got it!

The video has gone viral and has got folks asking: is it real?

According to the Wall Street Journal, what you see is really what you get. Volvo says Van Damme does actually have one foot on each truck as the two vehicles slowly back up and get farther apart.

But Van Damme wasn’t in any real danger. “Van Damme’s feet [weren’t] secured to the mirrors,” video director Andreas Nilsson told the Journal, “but we had him rigged [with a wire] so that if he would fall off he wouldn’t die, obviously.”

This isn’t to discredit the feat Van Damme undertook. If you notice, the trucks go backwards in the video – this was designed to make the stunt even harder. “We felt that would be the ultimate test, to have the trucks go in reverse with someone standing on the side mirrors performing a side split,” Volvo public relations manager Anders Vilhelmsson told the Journal.

And if that isn’t enough to astonish you, can you imagine the stunt was done in just one take?

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Does Splits, Goes Viral With Volvo Ad Campaign


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Posted to YouTube just two days ago, the Volvo ad featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits between two moving Volvo trucks already has more than 9 million views. It’s a beautiful ad, and the stunt is incredibly impressive, but is it real? According to this article in The Wall Street Journal, it’s real but wasn’t particularly dangerous – or at least not nearly as dangerous as it appears.

The article quotes Volvo Trucks’ Public Relations Manager Anders Vilhelmsson, who said: “The stunt is real and is performed in just one take. It’s a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved.” The article continues: “Van Damme, 53, was hooked to safety lines that aren’t visible in the film, and each foot is on a small platform that was built on the trucks’ side mirrors. Van Damme’s feet aren’t secured to the mirrors, video director Andreas Nilsson said, “but we had him rigged so that if he would fall off he wouldn’t die obviously. We didn’t want to be responsible for killing the Muscles from Brussels.”

Watch below!

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