Details On Jean-Claude Van Damme's Romantic Drama
4 May, 2008 by Josh Tyler
Jean-Claude Van Damme seems to be in the process of revitalizing and re-imagining his career. You havenít seen any of his work, but overseas heís been quietly making and releasing a variety of very different, and sometimes flat out weird film. One of the next things heís working on is a movie called Full Love, which heíll direct. Itís the first movie heís directed since The Quest in 1996, and this morning I got my hands on a small part of the script.
Hereís the surprising thingÖ it doesnít seem like an action movie. Instead, Full Love is more like a heavy drama with romantic elements, in the vein of True Romance, without the clever dialogue. The pages I have take place in Thailand, and theyíre the story of a man named Frenchy in love with a Turkish whore named Magdalena, whom he attempts to free from her pimp. Frenchyís best friend is a bitter, crippled, alcoholic veteran of the Iraq war, who ends up pissed at his friend for falling in love with someone from ďover thereĒ, since he hates everyone of even vaguely Middle Eastern descent.
Itís unclear whether Jean-Claude will also act in the film. Iíve read rumors in several different places which hint that he may show up playing himself. I canít see that working from what Iíve read in this part of the script. It doesnít seem like that kind of film, itís a serious, heavy drama, like something youíd see from Ridley Scott. Not the kind of movie where youíd have a celebrity as a character.
Full Love is definitely a long way from Universal Soldier and Blood Sport. Who knows if all of this will ever turn into a come back for Van Damme, but at least heís out there trying something different, in front of and behind the camera.
Jean-Claude Van Damme