Jean-Claude Van Damme


The « Quotidien » and the « Le Parisien » in 1993

Aren’t you missing it a little bit?

My life is going at 200 km/h, I don’t have a lot of time to think. I do have some nostalgy left for my country. I miss Europe a lot. The Culture, the language…the food. Here people are more down to earth, more real than in Hollywood. I am very happy. I can travel to every country. I meet a lot of people, a lot of ways of thinking.

Are you a model for your oldest son Kristopher who is six years old?

He can see me in real life and on the screen. He can differentiate business from the real life. My responsibility isn’t always easy to assume because he can see me doing these wonderful things on the screen. So in my private life I try to live up to that hero he sees on the screen.

Not easy…

Of course, there is a difference. But I try my best. For the moment, my son dreams, like all six years old kids dream. I think he is very happy and smart for his age.

Like his dad?

He’s smarter then his dad!

In 1994, interview by Roger Molter

Are you difficult to live with?

Hum…I would lie in pretending that I am not. For a start, I am obsessed by my job, that is something a woman can’t easily accept. Worse : My jog takes me to the four corners of the world, for shootings or for promotion tours. And to make it all even worse, the fans grab me when I pass by, they write or phone me, they follow me in the street or talk to me when I’m in a restaurant

Did success change your personality?

I don’t think so. Of course, I am not the same person I was ten years ago ; but you change inevitably with age. I’m 34 years old, and it’s impossible to be the same person I was when I was 24. But did I change because of success? No. I only feel stronger, and I am surer of my self. Otherwise, I am still Jean-Claude, a boy who just worked a lot to get where he is. My parents don’t tell me that they don’t recognize me anymore. I stayed with my feet on the ground.

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