The film “What’s My Name” lets the Hollywood icon look back on his life, and is reunited with several of the other action stars he met during his career.
Actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme has decided to put his film career behind him. According to Deadline, the 61-year-old will soon make his last role in the genre where he has become a big icon, in an action film entitled “What’s My Name”.
In the film, Van Damme will play a fictional version of himself, who wakes up with a severe memory loss after a car accident. In search of his own identity and purpose, he encounters several of the people he has fought against during his career, before the journey finally leads to his last match.
Van Damme has played himself a number of times before, most recently in the series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”, where he lived a double life as a movie star and dangerous private detective. According to the actor himself, “What’s My Name” is more inspired by his real life, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, while the film is a look back at his long career, which took off in the 80’s.
- We will take in real elements from my life and what happened to me. I came from Belgium, all the way to Hollywood. I succeeded, I failed and I came back, says Van Damme to Deadline.
Exactly which other actors will appear is not confirmed, but the expectation is that “What’s My Name” will reunite Van Damme with several other Hollywood stars he met during his career. Whether this can include Swedish Dolph Lundgren, who has played against Van Damme in films such as “Universal Soldier” and “Black Water”, remains to be seen.
Van Damme’s most recent role was in the action comedy “The Last Mercenary”, which was released on Netflix last year. This summer, he appears as one of the voices in the animated “Minions: The Story of Gru”.