It’s one of the truly epic stunts ever caught on video, that of muscle man Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian-born actor, doing the splits between two moving trucks.
The video, which has been viewed nearly 62 million times, was set up to demonstrate the stability and precision of Volvo Dynamic Steering, installed on the two tractor-tractors that are driven backwards as Van Damme uses their rear-view mirrors to brace himself.
The incredible performance comes from an actor who also has done a long list of martial arts action films, including Bloodsport in 1988, Kickboxer in 1989, Universal Soldier in 1992, Hard Target in 1993, Timecop in 1994, Sudden Death in 1995 and The Expendables 2 in 2012.
See it for yourself:
But American tough guy actor and martial arts champion Chuck Norris, whose list of movies continues to expand with his appearance in Expendables 2 just last year, now has taken the stunt to a whole new level.
At least in a video posted online by Delov Digital, a Hungarian animation company.
The company has recreated Van Damme’s feat using Chuck Norris doing the splits between the wings of two jets.
Holding a human Christmas tree of nearly a dozen airborne comrades on his cowboy hat.
The video isn’t real, but was created by Delov to express, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
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But the video certain adds fuel to the online rage over Norris as a bigger-than-life character about whom the Chuck Norris “facts” grow each day.
One of those online “facts” explains he doesn’t wear a watch; he decides what time it is.
Maybe truer than not? WND recently reported that Businessweek headlined its article “The State of Chuck Norris is Strong.”
It reports that the martial arts champion and longtime action film and television actor, as well as WND columnist, was the only celebrity “who ranked in the top 10 in recognition while also turning up in the top 50 for overall value.”
The rankings concerned how well known, recognized and influential celebrities are for the purpose of endorsements, advertisements and the like.
Explained the report, “Over the past half-century, as the age of the celebrity has taken over American public life, a cottage industry has emerged to assist advertisers in their all-important search for the perfect face to slap on, say, the side of their honey-baked ham. Helping brands measure a celebrity’s value is a competitive field and one that continues to get increasingly specialized.”
A career that culminated in repeated world martial arts championships was followed by successful careers both in movies and television, where he appeared in “Walker, Texas Ranger” for eight seasons.
Now he’s a sought-after columnist for WND as well as author, with “Black Belt Patriotism,” and “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book” available.
He’s also created a highly innovative martial arts training program for students, called KickStart.
But those “facts” are what puts his name on the Internet literally millions of times a day.
Norris admitted some of his favorite entries include:
- “When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”
- “Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.”
- “Outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.”
When asked what he thought about the phenomenon, Norris said, “My answer is always the same: Some are funny. Some are pretty far out. And, thankfully, most are just promoting harmless fun.”
Norris, 73, also downplays the notion that he’s some sort of superhero.
“I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman. I realize that now, but I didn’t always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.”
Van Damme’s video was posted Nov. 13, and has gotten 61,300,000 views. Chuck Norris’s was posted Wednesday, and has had nearly two million.