Here is an interesting video where Sylvester Stallone talks about Jean Claude Van Damme’s bizarre behaviour in the early 1980’s. Van Damme, says Stallone, broke into his house and begged him to be in one of his movies, on account of his high kicking ability.
“I was doing, I think it was Rocky III. And I was coming out of my house and all of a sudden there was this disturbance outside in the bushes. And I went out. And it was him. And he’d just come out from Belgium and he was like 21 years old and he was very ambitious and he wanted to be in films. He could barely speak English and he was miming want he wanted to do, and he was doing these incredible kicks out on the driveway. And my wife said who is the guy out on the driveway doing the splits. And I said I don’t know!”
This is a rarely heard interview from around the time Stallone was promoting The Expendables. Stallone also talks about how Van Damme turned him down for the movie, revealing what must be a near-deranged ego. Master Seagal also turned the show down, but because he was in a feud with the king of corner cutting.