Van Damme started the throw down with an add for Volvo Trucks. The add demonstrated the precision and stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering. It’s a tongue in cheek add shot with the sun setting over an open landscape while Van Damme performs his Epic Split. Some Enya music is added for a sense of serenity as Van Damme maintains his cool as the trucks start to part. The add not only confirmed his status as a man of action, all be it one of slow action, but reenforced it. He was still the one.
Until Chuck Norris saw his opening….at 30 thousand feet!
Walker, Texas Ranger, has taken a feather out of the cap of The Muscles from Brussels. Of all the retired action stars of the seventies and eighties, Chuck Norris, Texas Ranger, was probably the most suited to trump the Mr. Muscles, Van Damme…and he has – on the wings of a couple of Air Force jetliners no less.
The spoof, created by Delov Digital who specialize in animation, was put together to one up Volvo and Van Damme, and they’ve done a spectacular job. With the Texas Ranger wearing his cowboy hat, the camera pans back to reveal 11 paratroopers standing on his shoulders with ignited flares in their outstretched hands. They’re there to wish us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To confirm the poke, the same Enya music is used as the sun sets at 30 thousand feet. Part two has been met with style and dignity. It’s up to the viewer to decide who takes top honors for the Epic Split throw down. Chuck Norris, or Van Damme.
So what’s next for part three? For the time being it’s a two-horse race, but they could have competition. The seventies and eighties were a hay day for action heroes and they’re all still here to various degrees. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Sly Stallone step away from The Expendables and wade in? Or maybe Mel Gibson or Steven Seagal could step up to the plate, or split it. How about Bruce Willis? He’s a Die Hard kind of guy. Then again it’s highly improbable the biggest action star of them all, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would allow such a contest to go without the final word. Maybe The Terminator will end it all by splitting the earth with a shot taken eons ago as the Grand Canyon was formed…in 60 seconds for New years. Of course, the sun would need to be setting and the requisite Enya music piped in for effect.
We’ll have to wait and see, but for the time being Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris are the only two splitting the difference, one at 10 feet, the other at 30,000. Who will take the crown for the Epic Split throw down you ask? Depends on the inseam!
By Scott Wilson