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Jean-Claude Van Damme and his Muscles Welcome You to the Jungle

26 November 2013 8:43 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

It looks like Jean-Claude Van Damme is embracing his inner goof in his latest, Rob Meltzer’s “Welcome to the Jungle”, which also happens to star Megan Boone, the female lead in NBC’s excellent “The Blacklist”. Other than that, well, there’s the Muscles from Brussels totally goofing off, and the film looks very fun, if kind of pointless. Then again, it is a comedy, and aren’t they all inherently pointless? Check out the trailer for “Welcome to the Jungle”. Try not to get eaten by tigers while you’re watching. The film finds Jcvd playing the improbable named Storm, a badass jungle expert or some such who leads a company retreat on a tropical island that, predictably, goes terribly awry. It co-stars Megan Boone, Kristen Schaal, Adam Brody, Dennis Haysbert, Rob Huebel, Bianca Bree, Robert Peters, and Eric Edelstein. Look for it in 2014 or thereabouts. »

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Trailer For Van Damme Comedy ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ Swings By

26 November 2013 12:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Mister Jean Claude Van Damme has returned to the big time over the last few years, and most recently in the last few weeks thanks to that impressive Volvo advert. His dramatic turn in the fantastic Jcvd, where he played himself, and high profile villain role in The Expendables 2, have also added to his credibility as a charismatic star. Personally I’ve always loved the guy, even when hamming his way through Street Fighter.

Now it looks as though he is trying his hand at comedy as a wild life survival expert taking a team of corporate office folk to a secluded island. Van Damme seems to be playing up his hard-man persona, while surrounded by a number of comedic talents. There’s certainly plenty of chances for hilarity, some of which have made their way into this entertaining trailer. However, it may need a change of title over in the UK, »

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