Way back in 1994 actor Jean-Claude Van Damme was a fairly popular action star and Kylie Minogue was pretty much unknown here in the US. The pair starred in a live action film version of the video game Street Fighter. These days, Van Damme is all but forgotten as an actor and Minogue is one of the biggest pop stars in the world … so naturally, Van Damme is now dishing about how he bedded Minogue back in ’94 while the pair filmed Street Fighter together. It’s really weird the way he talks about this alleged affair. At first, he doesn’t seem willing to talk about it … then seconds later, he’s bragging like a 15 year old. Could it be true? Did Kylie really fall under the romantic sway of the Muscles from Brussels?
Van Damme first went to America to become an actor in 1981, after achieving professional success in karate and bodybuilding. He spoke little English, and spent years working menial jobs and performing karate kicks in front of anybody connected with the film industry. He finally landed the lead in Bloodsport, which racked up a substantial profit and made him a star. A slew of low-budget fight films followed before he scored bigger mainstream roles in Universal Soldier and Hard Target. For 1994’s abysmal videogame adaptation Street Fighter, he was paid $7m. The film was critically pounded, but it did good business – and he got to have a fling with co-star Kylie Minogue. He bristles when I bring it up. “Oh … who said that to you?” he asks, clearly forgetting the interview a few years back in which he brought it up himself. “I tell you what, you should ask her,” he says, shirking it. “She’ll have a better memory. I’m 51 years old, do you know how much I was punched in the face on The Expendables? No, no. No. And let’s just say it happened, so what? Who wants to know?” I tell him I just want to verify before printing. “Sometimes you let go of stuff … I don’t know, maybe.” He sighs, then becomes reflective. It’s rather touching. “Yes. OK. Yes, yes, yes. It happened. I was in Thailand, we had an affair. Sweet kiss, beautiful lovemaking. It would be abnormal not to have had an affair, she’s so beautiful and she was there in front of me every day with a beautiful smile, simpatico, so charming, she wasn’t acting like a big star. I knew Thailand very well, so I showed her my Thailand. She’s a great lady.”
Now, it’s entirely possible that this affair actually took place but … I dunno, he just seems so willing to begrudgingly confirm the rumored affair and then almost instantly can’t shut up while bragging about it. We all have skeletons in our closets … old hook-ups that we’d rather not remember … I’m sure that Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of Kylie’s embarrassing skeletons IF this affair actually took place. I like to think that Kylie is smarter than to fall for a married Lothario like this but hey, she was young back then so … it’s possible.
On a completely unrelated note, whenever I think about the worst movie I’ve ever seen — and I mean THE worst — I always remember Universal Soldier. It was the first movie I ever walked out on, that’s how bad it was.
As for this alleged affair, I get why he’s so proud to talk about it. Whether it’s true or not, he looks like a stud (and an asshole, tbh). It’s easy to see why he never really made it as a film superstar.