Official Newsletter May 2005

21 May, 2005

Dear Fans,
We are proud and honored as the Official Jean-Claude Van Damme Website to announce...

Jean-Claude Van Damme just returned from Europe after a successful event at the Cognac Film Festival, where he was the Guest of Honor. It was amazing - a huge turnout of fans came to see Jean-Claude in the center of town to receive his award.
A special hand print ceremony also took place, which was televised locally in Cognac, among many reporters and fans that shared in the excitement.

He spent a wonderful time with his family in Belgium, as we had mentioned in April's Newsletter. Jean-Claude also visited Israel with a dear friend and was able to tour Jerusalem during the Passover holiday.

Jean-Claude is currently in pre-production for his upcoming film called "Second in Command," which will be directed by Simon Fellows. This movie will begin shooting June of this year in Eastern Europe.

In the film, Jean-Claude plays an official who's just been appointed as "Second In Command" to the U.S. Ambassador at an American Embassy in a small, turbulent Eastern European nation. When local insurgents attempt a coup d'etat, the nation's President takes refuge inside the embassy. The embassy is then besieged by the well-armed insurgents. The U.S. Ambassador is killed in the ensuing action, and now it's up to Jean-Claude and the embassy's small detachment of U.S. Marines to fend off the attackers.

Not only is Jean-Claude preparing for "Second in Command," he's also developing a second project called "The Hard Corps," which was written and will be directed by his old friend, Sheldon Lettich. Sheldon, as many of you know, wrote the screenplay for Jean-Claude's first starring vehicle, "Bloodsport." He also co-wrote and directed "Double Impact" and "Lionheart," two of Jean-Claude's most popular films.

In "The Hard Corps," Jean-Claude will be playing a battle-hardened combat vet who's just spent the last 3 years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who's hired to be a bodyguard to a former World Heavyweight Boxing champion. The boxer has run afoul of a dangerous Rap Music Mogul, and because of that he needs some serious protection. Jean-Claude is tasked with assembling a team of combat vets -- "The Hard Corps" -- to guard the boxer and his family. But interpersonal complications arise when the boxer suspects that his sister may be falling in love with his new bodyguard. "The Hard Corps" will pair Jean-Claude with some well-known African American talents, and possibly even a Rap Star or two, and will most likely be filmed in a major city in North America.

This is all very exciting news from our side. Jean-Claude is training everyday, eating well, and focused for a year of serious work. To be honest, he enjoys every minute of being on the set and is equally as excited to present to you, his fans, something new and great!

We will keep you posted on the progress of the film as we receive new information.

Jean-Claude would like to thank all his fans from all over the world for their continued support and belief in him.

2005-2006 is going to be a time to remember. Hold on to your seats this is going to be the ride of a lifetime.

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