Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme’s latest stunt will have your jaw “splitting” with astonishment.
In a new advertisement for Volvo, Van Damme performs a split while standing on the rear-view mirrors of two trucks moving backwards. The ad begins with a close-up of a stoic Van Damme, eyes closed.
“I’ve had my ups and downs. My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That’s what made me what I am today,” he begins to say in a voice-over. “Now I stand here before you. What you see is a body crafted to perfection. A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics.” The camera then fully pans out, revealing the action star’s risky position.
As the Volvo side-by-side trucks move apart, Van Damme’s legs move apart into what Volvo calls “the epic split.”
The video was published on November 13 and has since gotten more than 8 million views on YouTube.
According to the press release on Volvo’s website, the stunt was designed to showcase the “innovative new system” of Volvo Dynamic Steering.
“The stability and control are so good that you can reverse a truck over a long distance with very high precision, which is exactly what we’ve had to do in this film,” engineer Jan-Inge Svensson, who is credited with the system’s software development, says of the steering. “It had to be perfect — right down to the last centimetre.”
And thankfully, perfect it was. Watch the ad below.