Jean-Claude Van Damme Shows Off His Lean, 59-Year-Old Physique in New Music Video

Philip Ellis
·2 mins read
Photo credit: AaRON - YouTube
Photo credit: AaRON - YouTube

From Men's Health

From Chromatica to Future Nostalgia to What's Your Pleasure, it's been a pretty great year for new dance pop and disco music releases. Which makes it even more frustrating that we can't just hit the dancefloor to enjoy them like we would have in the past.

On top of the less-than-ideal circumstances for enjoying dance music at home, one of the challenges facing the music industry since the pandemic began has been how to create music videos to accompany new tracks in visually interesting ways while still ensuring that performers and film crews stay safe and socially distant.

When it came to debuting their latest single 'Ultrarêve', French EDM duo AaRON came up with a pretty unique solution that addressed both issues: release a self-filmed video starring one of the biggest action movie legends in cinema history, dancing solo to the song in a series of abandoned locations.

The video for 'Ultrarêve' shows a man exiting a car in an empty parking lot and bobbing his head to the beat of the song, before the camera pans around to reveal that it is none other than movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, a.k.a. "The Muscles from Brussels."

The actor, who turns 60 later this year, shows off a series of his iconic martial arts poses, as well as some supreme dad-level interpretive dance moves, in front of the car and later on a beach. As the video progresses, Van Damme discards his shirt to reveal that his arms are as jacked now as they were back when he starred in films like Bloodsport, Universal Soldier and Kickboxer.

AaRON reportedly were initially in contact with Van Damme regarding another creative collaboration, but when the actor heard about their forthcoming new album Anatomy of Light, he got excited about the prospect of getting involved in a way that worked around the entertainment industry's current limitations.

"Jean-Claude came back to us to tell us how much this song meant to him," the duo said in a statement. "He offered to film the video himself in Los Angeles in an unprecedented setting, calling on his daughter Bianca to direct. The '(ultra) dream has become the (ultra) reality.'"

You Might Also Like