Van Damme’s epic split for Volvo Trucks

In a series of stunt-based ads, Volvo Trucks has shown a woman tightrope-walking between two moving trucks, a truck taking part in a bull run in Spain, and has even persuaded the company president, Claes Nilsson to stand on a truck hung over Gothenburg harbour. If you were wondering what japes they could possibly get up to next, a new film released today provides the answer. Enter the Muscles from Brussels….

In a series of stunt-based ads, Volvo Trucks has shown a woman tightrope-walking between two moving trucks, a truck taking part in a bull run in Spain, and has even persuaded the company president, Claes Nilsson, to stand on a truck hung 20 metres above Gothenburg harbour. If you were wondering what japes they could possibly get up to next, a new film released today provides the answer. Enter the Muscles from Brussels….

Yep, that’s right, Jean-Claude Van Damme is the latest Volvo Trucks stunt star. The new film is a simple but breathtaking premise: directed by Andreas Nilsson, it shows Van Damme standing on the wing mirrors of two moving trucks. As the camera pans back, the trucks slowly move apart, until Van Damme is performing a perfect splits.

The stunt was captured in one take with no breaks, following three days of rehearsal by the production team, so the final version could be captured within a 15 minute window when the morning light was right. It was filmed on a deserted airfield in Spain. “When I saw the storyboard, I thought it looked amazing,” Van Damme apparently commented while on the set. “It’s very majestic and very powerful.” Yes it is, Jean-Claude, yes it is.

Credits:
Agency: Forsman Bodenfors
Production company: Folke Film
Director: Andreas Nilsson

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