That Jean Claude Van Damme can be quite funny is enormously evident to anyone who has seen 2008 effort JCVD
but The Muscles From Brussels starring in a full on comedy? It's happening with the Rob Meltzer directed effort Welcome To The Jungle
, in which Van Damme stars as a survival coach tasked with toughening up a group of office workers on a corporate retreat.
CHRIS (Adam Brody) is a workplace weakling who doesn't have the balls
to stand up to the slick office bully, PHIL (Rob Huebel), who steals
all his ideas, and he has yet to muster the courage to ask out cute HR
manager, LISA (Megan Boone). Even Chris' only friend, JARED, a sarcastic
slacker IT guy who secretly monitors everyone's porn intake, slams
Chris for being a pussy.
But when a team-building
"wilderness seminar" goes horribly wrong, and unhinged ex-marine
teambuilding coach STORM ROTHCHILD (Jean-Claude Van Damme) gets mauled
by a cougar - Chris and his co-workers find themselves stranded on a
deserted tropical island with no rescue in sight... and someone's going
to have to step up and take charge.
Phil quickly proclaims
himself "God" of the island - but Chris has Boy Scout skills and would
be far better suited to lead the group if he could overcome his fear -
of everything. Can Chris finally man-up to Phil, release his
inner-beast, get them rescued and win the girl? Or will Phil triumph, as
usual, while Chris cowers like a bitch-boy?
A pair of clips from the film have appeared online, both focused on the Van Damme character and if there was anyone out there who thought he might possibly be playing it straight here ... heh. No. It's all very silly and it suits him, frankly. Check the clips below.
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