A new Jean-Claude Van Damme movie worth seeing?

Jean-Claude Van Damme playing himself in an action comedy? The trailer actually looks half good, and it has positive reviews so far.

Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. In an attempt to escape, the aging star walks away from his shrinking spotlight and returns home to his native Brussels. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they’ve never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world

Beyond “The King of Kong”

If you haven’t watched The King of King, I highly recommend it.

It’s a documentary about 2 men from entirely different backgrounds and circumstances facing off for the world record of the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. It might sound boring, but it’s 1% about the game, and 99% about human behaviour, obssession, celebrity, redemption, underdog versus establishment. Very entertaining and rivetting. (97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes)

Anyway, I can’t get over the fact that the “villain” of the documentary – Billy Mitchell – reminds me so much of Michael Scott from The Office. If not for the fact that The Office has been around longer than The King of Kong, I would swear that Steve Carell based so many of Michael Scott’s mannerisms off Billy Mitchell.

Watch this interview with Mitchell and see if you agree.