In the 90s, action stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal were at the top of their games. Now both stars have gone their respective paths. Van Damme just made the incredible JCVD spoofing his fall from grace. While Seagal goes through the motions starring in Eastern Europeon factory films. Mind you he does have a surprisingly addictive reality show (Steven Seagal Lawman) following him and his giant ego around his part time job as a New Orleans Police man.
But thirteen years ago the two almost knocked heads. Apparently Seagal was going around telling everyone that he could kick Van Damme’s ass. This pissed off Van Damme immensely and a Hollywood feud was born. It got so bad that Sylvester Stallone threw a party in 1997 at his Miami home to settle the dispute. Stallone has been quoted as saying, “At a party in my home … Van Damme was tired of Seagal claiming he could kick his ass so he offered Seagal outside into my back yard,
Seagal made his excuses and left. But Van Damme, who was berserk, tracked him down at a nightclub and offered him out again. Van Damme was too strong. Seagal wanted none of it,” Stallone said.
The fight never happened and as time progressed both fell from the A-list. But the almost altercation still comes up some times. Here on a French talk show Van Damme does a spot on imitation of Stallone hosting the 1997 party:
While on Steven Seagal: Lawman Seagal does his best to deny anything ever transpired between the two.
How the fight would have looked:
Channel 5 had a movie special where they have one movie from Van Damm and one from Seagal and see who wins in the ratings. The promo mashups were kinda funny:
In the end though it was Seagal who won by views:
And the winner is … Seagal! You might know him from films such as Pistol Whipped, Mercenary For Justice, Flight of Fury, Hard To Kill, or the far superior Out For A Kill, which averaged 1.5 million viewers on Five. Van Damme’s efforts in The Shepherd, Until Death, Kickboxer, Inferno, JCVD – which Monkey thought was a make of television – and Second In Command (if Van Damme’s second, who’s first?) averaged 1.2 million. Take that, so-called muscles from Brussels!
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