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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 :::

Van Dammit that dude can dance.

I was flipping past some bad E! channel expose show on Jean-Claude Van Damme this weekend when they happened to mention that he got his start as an actor in movies such as Breakin'. Try as I might, I had no recollection of Van Damme pop-lockin' along side the likes of Turbo and Ozone (or to a WAY lesser extent, Kelly), so tonight I finally remembered to perform my due diligence and I looked it up. It turns out that not only did he actually have a cameo in Breakin', but that someone was actually kind enough to make a video-capture of his scene and transpose it into animated GIF format for everyone to enjoy.

This is just a screencap, click here to view the animated GIF. It's big, but for some odd reason it's worth it:

You can also see more of his moves here.

I was a big fan of Breakin' as a third-grader, but who wasn't. I remember when the breakdancing fad hit its peak and some kids at school requested an audience for what promised to be a breakdancing extravaganza, so our principal, Sister Mary Ann, allowed them to perform in the gym during mid-morning recess. There ain't nothing like skipping recess in a catholic elementary school to watch twenty pre-teens compete for your attention by attempting the robot in front of a poorly painted cardboard brick wall. I remember that Sister Mary Ann had explicitly forbade any headspins, fearing the inevitable broken neck, but the Helicopter was fair game. I wish I had that on video. Thank god I didn't participate, cuz my knee-spin was subpar.

ps. I also found this clip of Van Damme dancin', although it ain't from Breakin'. It's just as hurl-inducing, though.

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thanks for the nightmares man... he will dance for eternity in my mind... *shudder*

By Anonymous sarah, at 7:03 AM  

Look out Patrick Swayze.

By Blogger Dave, at 8:21 AM  

That totally looks like that guys hand is going for Van Damme's crotch!!! Hilarious!!!!

By Anonymous PrincessMelany, at 9:40 AM  

Best Animated GIF ever. How in the world did I miss him in that movie. I've seen Breakin' hundreds, if not thousands of times, thanks to Brentgirl (AKA Shelby but you knew that) You even get to see a glimpse of Kelly come into frame! Go Kelly, Go Kelly...

By Blogger brent, at 9:52 AM  

i thought that margaritas at 8 in the morning were good, but you just made. my. day.

By Blogger jeremy, at 10:40 AM  


By Blogger Angela, at 11:22 AM  

that is just too damme funny!!

By Blogger TracyD, at 11:39 AM  

Just one question.... Why would they spray black paint on his body to take the shape of a tank top?

By Anonymous Sweets-n-scotch, at 12:24 PM  

Poor Jean Claude, once such a big star and now he can't even get a guest spot on an Infomercial. Dan, let's send him some fruit.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:42 PM  

That Kickboxer clip you posted was the first thing I thought of when you said he was in Breakin'. His moves in that movie were horrid - although his character was drunk in that scene. I doubt that makes any difference when VanDamme busts a move, though.

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By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 3:02 PM  

thanks a lot, dan. now i've got those images of spandex and almost-mullet burned into my brain.

he scares me.

By Blogger Honey Bunny, at 3:06 PM  

Get the brain bleach, we're all going to need it!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

Hilarious *snap* on Van Damme:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:38 PM  

Am I going striaght to hell since I find Van Damme hot in that gif?

Speaking of questionably gay breakdancing action heros, I recently stumpled on a clip of Vin Diesel doing a break-dance "HOW TO" video:

By Blogger Robert, at 11:02 PM  

Robert - you were already going to hell for finding men attractive at all. Finding Van Damme hot in that gif only prolongs your stay. Oh well, you'll be in good company.

By Blogger brent, at 10:19 AM  

Ewwwwwwwww, ewwwwwwww and ewwwwww. Your post and my obsessive-compulsive need to click on whatever you put out there, is compounding the fact that there's a Microsoft rep is in our office with the same voice as Pee Wee Herman, which would be funny, if he ever said anything funny. I think I'm going to go home early. JCVD just makes me feel queasy. The Microsoft guy makes me feel angry. Queasngry. Screen's getting blurry . . . .

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:42 PM  

Doesn't that man own a shirt with sleeves?!

By Blogger Nate Dogg, at 2:02 PM  

Okay, I just discovered this blog like 2 weeks ago...and this? THIS? It's far more disturbing than anything the human mind can possibly comprehend. Seriously. I'm beyond speechless. It's more like I now no longer know how to make speech.
Well played, sir.

By Anonymous Chris, at 6:55 PM  

As every good 10 year old around that time, breakin was one of my frickin favorite movies. Seriously, Kelly was so hot!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 PM  

crazy stuff.Dancing with the stars.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM  

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