DAMME WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME RETURNS AS JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON
The legendary martial arts actor returns in an Amazon Prime exclusive TV series: Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Amazon dropped the trailer earlier today and it’s not only action packed (as a Van Damme show should be) but it’s actually pretty funny as well.
A synopsis was released as well:
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as “Jean-Claude Van Damme,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of “Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he’s now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood… until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he’s ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel. Just kidding, it’s himself.
Based on this and the trailer, the real life Jean-Claude Van Damme that we all know has apparently been living a double life as a spy named Jean-Claude Van Johnson (or just simply Johnson). Johnson had apparently retired as an agent and then lived as Jean-Claude Van Damme during his retirement. It’s a very meta/Matrix type of story without all the complexity of The Matrix. If anything, just think of it as an exaggerated form of method acting.
The show really tries to make us believe that Van Damme has been lying to us the whole time while still creating a separate reality for us to clearly know that the entire Amazon show is just for fun (that’s what parodies are anyway). It’s just fun to see Van Damme struggle with his age (as these actors mostly cling on to their glory days to no avail) and Amazon has the money to produce it so why the hell not?
Besides Van Damme the show will also star Kat Foster (Your Family Or Mine), Moises Arias (Rico Suave from Hannah Montana) and Phylicia Rashad (Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show and she was in Creed).
The series will be available December 15th. The trailer is below: