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Reasons Behind Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Absence From Kickboxer 2

In Kickboxer 2, Jean-Claude Van Damme did not return to reprise his role as Kurt Sloane. However, Van Damme did eventually make a comeback in the Kickboxer series.

Actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme did not return to play Kurt Sloane in Kickboxer 2. This was a surprising choice for many action fans, as the first Kickboxer was among the first starring roles for The Muscles From Brussels after working on stunt teams for Chuck Norris, and as an extra, throughout the 1980s. Jean-Claude Van Damme was even the first choice to portray the titular character in Predator before ultimately being replaced by Kevin Peter Hall due to his reservations about only being seen onscreen in the Predator suit.

Kickboxer was not only one of the films that catapulted JCVD to stardom, but has also become an iconic meme in its own right. The moment in question involves Van-Damme’s Kurt Sloane dancing like nobody’s watching after his master instructs him to so that he can observe Sloane’s balance. With impressive moves such as his, it is disappointing that Van Damme did not return to bust another move in Kickboxer 2.

The reason that Jean-Claude Van Damme didn’t return to play Kurt Sloane in Kickboxer 2 was that he wanted to distance himself from the martial arts subgenre at that point in his career in 1991. JCVD, influenced by Jeremy Irons’ performance as twin surgeons in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, instead took on the dual role of brothers Chad & Alex Wagner in Double Impact. Jean-Claude Van Damme playing twins would then go on to be a staple throughout his career. Van Damme hoped that by taking on such a non-violent role as Chad Wagner in Double Impact would display his range as an actor rather than purely his martial arts abilities. Although JCVD did not return in Kickboxer 2, Kurt Sloane did briefly. Body double Emmanuel Kervyn took over the role and is quickly murdered by Kickboxer’s antagonist Tong Po, kicking off Kickboxer 2’s plot similarly to the original.

Why JCVD Later Returned To The Kickboxer Franchise


Jean-Claude Van Damme, however, would later return to the Kickboxer franchise. Although he skipped out on all of Kickboxer’s original sequels, in favor of projects like Universal Soldier with Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme returned to the franchise with reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance. Producer of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Ted Field, stated that Van Damme’s role as the mentor in the reboot would act as a “passing [of] the torch” of the franchise to the new Kurt Sloane, Alain Moussi.

Although Jean-Claude Van Damme’s disappearance from the Kickboxer franchise is disappointing for fans of both the series and of JCVD’s dancing, it was probably the best move for his career. The Kickboxer sequels were low-budget movies and several went either straight-to-video or straight-to-television over a more typical theatrical release.

Although Jean-Claude Van Damme’s presence could have significantly raised Kickboxer 2’s profile, JCVD made it clear at the time that he had no interest in revisiting his early martial arts work in favor of more traditional action fare like Sudden Death and Hard Target.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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