By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist November 26, 2013 at 12:46PM
By now you’ve likely seen the splits-tastic Jean-Claude Van Damme Volvo spot and the just-as-amusing Channing Tatum parody that it inspired. However, one matter that may have come up while watching is simply Van Damme’s varied cinematic output. Recently, “JCVD” and “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” have shown a performer willing to reach for some fantastically bizarre, self-aware moments, but now a new film hopes to take that self-parody to a new level, and we’ve got the trailer and a few clips to gauge its early promise.
Other than a middling Super Bowl episode of “Friends," Van Damme has never been utilized in a comedy actually billed as such. The new comedy “Welcome To The Jungle” has clearly attempted to change that fact, with the action icon starring as Storm Rothchild, an unhinged former Marine who leads a bunch of corporate office workers (including Adam Brody, Kristen Schaal, and Rob Huebel) out for a mandatory desert island retreat. Once landed, the group’s pilot promptly dies, leaving Rothchild in charge, and the others to face his insanity along with the many dangers on the island.
In addition to two clips from the film, we have a full-length trailer (via EW) that gives a sense of the comic tone that the cast is aiming for. Judging from our first look, besides the film unfortunately hinting at an early Van Damme exit, we can’t say the attempt particularly has us trembling with anticipation. But who knows, it may just end up being one-half of a stellar late-nite double bill with one of Van Damme’s earlier efforts.
Check the trailer and clips out below, before “Welcome To The Jungle” hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 7th.