“Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Volvo commercial is kind of amazing” links

I have to give it to Jean-Claude Van Damme, this commercial is cool. [Starcasm]
Drake & Rihanna are acting coupled-up. [LaineyGossip]
If Tommy Hiddleston is reading, this will be his favorite post of the day. [Pajiba]
Mayor Rob Ford has enough to eat at home, you guys. [Dlisted]
The Victoria’s Secret after-party was a parade of fug fashion. [Go Fug Yourself]
Lady Gaga’s costume of the day. [Buzzfeed]
Here’s the trailer for Russell Crowe’s Noah. [Moe Jackson]
Mariah Carey is pissed off about everything these days. [Evil Beet]
Robert Pattinson looked handsome at a charity auction event. [A Socialite Life]
This is Jake Gyllenhaal’s girlfriend in bikinis. [Popoholic]
Heidi Klum out and about with daughter Lou. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
The Olsen twins look depressed, as always. [I'm Not Obsessed]
Teresa Palmer, this is not the best maternity look. [The Blemish]
Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom going to counseling? [Reality Tea]
Matt Damon is doing Nespresso commercials now. [Celebslam]

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  1. Violeta says:

    Kind of? It’s simply IS amazing. Say what you want about JCVD but he is one my childhood campy action films dudes and I will forever heart him for his splits :-D

  2. Tiffany27 says:

    The Toronto Mayor LOL!!!!

  3. melior says:

    wow! he’s still got it! big time!

  4. Nev says:

    Jean Claude….kinda hot.

    R.Patz…SWOON.

  5. eliza says:

    So is his awful looking skin.

  6. tifzlan says:

    That Rob Ford sh-t is hilarious. I’m sorry!

  7. j.eyre says:

    re: Noah – I still prefer the Bill Cosby version.

  8. Toot says:

    I used to enjoy Jean Claude’s splits in movies, but this was even better. The man has incredible balance.

  9. Celia says:

    This is complete off topic from any of the links above but apparently Brittany Murphy didn’t die of natural causes but was poisoned either on purpose or accidentally. Anyone know anything about this?

  10. mia girl says:

    Only the ladies from Celebitchy could ever get me to click on a Van Damme link!

    But you are right. The entire spot was impressive and very well shot/orchestrated. And while I was sure I’d gotten my fill of Enya in the late 90s – the song sealed the deal.

  11. madpoe says:

    Lady Gaga?!
    Bjork has better costumes! IMO

  12. Violet says:

    That commercial is unbelievable. Wow. WOW.

    That’s all I got.

  13. Val says:

    What I want to know is how does the ad agency come up with this? Ad Exec “Hey, I know , remember Jean Claude Van Damme’s splits, let’s do that with the trucks!” Other Execs “YES!”

  14. jessica says:

    awe.. his hair, that part in the last pic is sooooo cute!!!

  15. Nicolette says:

    Ah-mazing!! Can’t believe that was even possible.

  16. kaligula says:

    Fascinating. It evoked a feeling in me that I don’t think any commercial ever has. Such an interesting choice of song. Everything was an interesting choice. I feel so happy for him #kudos

  17. Rita says:

    The Van Damme commercial is brilliant, imaginative, and wonderfully executed…….as are the comments by Toronto Mayor Ford……Canada just changed its nation anthem from Oh Canada to OMG Canada.

  18. Jag says:

    JCVD is an awful, rude jerk, but no one can deny that he has incredible flexibility and balance!

  19. jane16 says:

    JCVD is one of the most evil & corrupt men to ever come from the entertainment world. Rotten through and through. Anything he does will always be tainted by his blacker than black history. Nothing could induce me to watch anything of his. If you are a woman, fgs, stay the hell away from him.

  20. jane16 says:

    Regarding Russell Crowe’s “Noah”: I hate religious movies myself, but imagine it will go over well with the religious-right. It looks like another cheesy cgi movie. And he has criticized other actors for “selling out”? The nerve.

    • Samtha says:

      Late to comment, but I’m not sure how well the “religious right” will respond, actually. It has tested terribly with religious members of test audiences, and has had bad buzz from the start within that community because of the changes to the story and the alleged environmental angle.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I like christian films, when they are well done, and have well rounded characters i.e. REAL CHARACTERS–which so far, I’ve only found that I like is the first few films of the “Love Comes Softly” series–that had Katherine Heigl in the first one. My mom’s not religious at all, and she loved the first one. I hate that almost all of the christian films that we can get our hands on are cheesy and horribly acted. You’d think that there would be a market for christian films–it’s not like you’d have to spend a ton of money on them.

      But I saw the trailer yesterday, and it looked like another exercise in Russell Crowe’s vanity. I can’t stand his face. Every time I watch Gladiator (for Joaquin!!), I see Russell Crowe’s face and think “God, he thinks he’s sexy, doesn’t he?”
      No he ain’t. The only reason why Russell Crowe was even remotely attractive in that film was because of what’s going on below his neck i.e. them muscles. Not because of his face. He’s too squinty–like Leann.

      And Emma Watson can’t act. At all. She was the weakest link in HP. And I guess I’m nitpicking with her, but I feel like she’s always trying to make it know that she’s a “good girl”, so to speak.

      But yay! for Jennifer Connolly. God, she’s so beautiful.

  21. Jayna says:

    They showed the making of it on Extra today. It was interesting. Watching it was amazing. And the music was perfection with it. I hope they paid him a lot of money.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yatg89gi0nM

  22. Carlye says:

    Perhaps it was me… but it looked like the road was moving, not the trucks. Of course he still did amazing splits, not disputing that, but it looked like the trucks were still and the ground (photoshop or after effects or something) was moving.

    • Violeeta says:

      No, it was you. The trucks are intentionally moving backwards to show the stability of the steering, which is the point of the ad, beside Van Damme split. This is a demonstration of Volvo Dynamic Steering and Stability, which is supposed to make backing up much more precise. So watch again and notice the truck on the right is a semi-trailer, while the one on the left is a straight truck (no trailer). The trailer driver appears to be backing along a straight line while the straight truck driver on the left widens the gap.

    • ennie says:

      The reversing trucks could also be in part to protecting him in case he fell, he would not be run over with the rest of the wheels. He was wearing a type of protection gloves in case he had to jump off the trucks.

    • sean says:

      Yes!!! – Thats exactly what I thought….You can draw a straight line underneath the wheels of the the trucks…the ground appears to be moving forward..Some shop work of the rims is all that is needed to give the appearance of the trucks moving back wards relative to the ground…that and some stuffing around with the shadowing…

  23. lili says:

    Carlye – If you watch again, you’ll see that the trucks are driving in reverse. That’s why it looks like they’re still. Check out the youtube video link above, as well.
    Those splits are crazy ! Well done JCVD!

  24. stinky says:

    jane16 – you better spill it, sista……..
    And speaking of sistas, my big sis and i were just agreeing that we just dont have the same kind’a fun on Celebitchy as we used to.
    We used to LAUGH.
    ALOT!
    and now its a sanctimonious i-dont-know-WHAT-fest.
    Please-o-please gimme some Celebitchy dirt right now!
    Tell what you know about Van Damme.
    I dont even care about him and i wanna hear.
    (“Enquiring minds wanna know”)

  25. The Original Mia says:

    That was amazing! I’ve always loved JCVD. His (and Dolph)’s movies are my go-to lazy Saturday movies. Just love their campiness.

    Rob Ford…eww. E-W-W! I need brain bleach.

  26. MsAubra says:

    It makes me want to inquire about Volvo for my next car purchase

  27. Anon says:

    Wow to JCVD and to the drivers going backwards, not an easy feat either. Just awesome.

  28. Jane says:

    Long live Jean Claude. That was beyond epic!!!

  29. Jayna says:

    What is so amazing about this is I knew he had an invisible safety harnass in case he fell so he wouldn’t die. But I also felt sure they must have straps his feet were in to keep his feet secure as the trucks are separating. The director said all they had was a safety harnass on him. And all they did was build little platforms on the rearview mirrors for his feet, but that his feet were not secured at all.
    Wow. And they prepared for days on the backing up and all and rehearsing, but that commericial was done in one take. One take? Unbelievable.

    I put the screen to full screen. Look at his feet. He is steadying them on the platform as he’s beginning to do the split and as the split goes wider it is like his shoes must be undone so his ankles can come out and go completely sideways. This man is beyond strong.