We’ve gotten plenty of feedback asking us why we dedicate our friday mixtapes to JCVD. And here we were thinking it was obvious! Out of the many reasons we lionize Lion Heart, here are three:
1. He’s open-minded and ahead of his time. Van Damme’s first film role in Monaco Forever is credited as “Gay Karate Man.” In 1984? Hat’s off to you trailblazer.
2. He is literally immortal. Long after the “Muscles From Brussels” passes on in his tangible form, he will live on as the inspiration for the legendary kickboxer Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. You can never FINISH HIM!
3. He has fucking standards. Jean-Claude turned down the lead role in The Expendables during a personal phone call from Sly Stallone. He knew that movie was going to be hacky drivel and he would never have his name attached to bad taste. True, he has signed on happily for The Expendables 2, but they must have, like, a sick screenplay or something. Honestly.
Crank up this mixtape, enjoy your Friday, and don’t be afraid to comment with your own reasons why you love our tank-topped testosterone-toting trooper.
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