Jean-Claude Van Damme gave a fantastic performance in The Expendables 2 as the aptly named Jean Vilain though, for reasons we’ll leave vague here on the off chance you haven’t seen the film yet, he would not be able to return for a future installment. With JCVD, much like the rest of the 80s and 90s action superstars currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance, it’s a shame we won’t be able to see him take on Sly Stallone and the rest of the crew again. Or could we?
Van Damme has openly expressed his desire and willingness to return to the franchise, along with a bit of a potential teaser that could bring the muscles from Brussels back for more van damage. Check out what he had to say here after the jump!
In a communication with the fansite Expendables Premiere, Van Damme provided them the following statements via Twitter:
I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr. Stallone and other big action stars.
Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain.
Some fans ask me if the next Vilain –if there’s next– is going to be a good or a bad guy.
I would leave it to Mr. Stallone to decide, as I trust his way of imagination. Thank you, JCVD
This is not the first time Van Damme has mentioned Claude Vilain, the supposed brother of his character Jean Vilain, having first mentioned the existence of the off-screen character all the way back at the premiere of The Expendables 2.
Van Damme is no stranger to playing both roles in a set of twins, having done so already in Double Impact, Replicant, and Maximum Risk. It would be a great callback to those films and the usage of a single actor playing dual roles in general in a future Expendables sequel.
With The Expendables 3 not set to premiere until this August, and the all-female spin-off The ExpendaBelles currently getting production underway, it may be a while before we see a chance at Van Damme’s return, but if we do, it will be well worth the wait.
[Source: Expendables Premiere]