Younger men have certainly taken their mantle away from them. But age is no barrier for two action stars dedicated to their craft. Light Media's production of Black Water has cast Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren to share the screen once again. And this time, instead of trying to destroy one and other, they are said to be fighting on the same team.
Chad Law has penned the script, as producers Richard Switzer and Tyler Konney join up with executive producers Alexander Ferguson and Jason Cherubini to round out the team working behind the scenes. Van Damme's character is the key protagonist, being an operative deep undercover who suddenly wakes up on a submarine known to be a CIA black site.
Old Habits Die Hard For Iconic Duo
With Dawn Light financing the project that will hope to tap into a fair amount of nostalgia, Van Damme (56) and Lundgren (59) illustrate how eager these two are to stay relevant. Which is tricky, considering this is an industry that is quick to move on to the next big thing. Lundgren's first real break through came via Stallone's Rocky IV in the part of Ivan Drago. Just in case you've been living under a rock, the actor portrayed a deadly Russian boxer in the 1985 smash hit. He would go on to be an action mainstay in flicks like Joshua Tree, The Punisher and Showdown in Little Tokyo. All before meeting Jean-Claude for 1992's Universal Soldier.
By this point, the Belgian had starred in features such as Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Death Warrant, Lionheart and Double Impact. Playing a kick ass first and take names later hero in essentially all of them. Universal Soldier would be the first of six in the franchise. And it would be the first of four working side by side with Dolph, seeing them pair up again for 2009's Universal Soldier: Regeneration, twice in 2012 for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and The Expendables 2.
Dolph Remains Young By Becoming A Fitness Guru
Walking, or running in the sand is great for your legs and your whole body. Why do you think the Brazilians have those tight, muscular bodies? If you don't have a beach near, try to walk somewhere with a soft surface, like a football field, or a park. Hard surfaces take a toll on your joints. The softer the surface and the thinner the shoes, the better. Your bare feet making contact with the earth has a healing quality. Plus the view and the fresh air... you can't beat it! They say that mailmen have a longer life span than most. They walk everyday, pretty far, at a normal pace, up and down stairs and get plenty of fresh air. Photo: @danielsaxlidphotography
Wonder what the best way is to work off all that turkey and ham over Thanksgiving and Christmas? Well you are probably best advised to follow Dolph on social media as he will have no problem being fit and healthy when Black Water is in full production mode.
Whether it is giving tips on how best to run and keep the joints away from pain, using medicine balls or helping his daughter in the ring wearing t-shirts that say "I must break you," Lundgren puts a lot of guys much younger than him to shame. What a beast.