What would it take to top the muscles from Brussels Jean Claude Van Damme epic split video? Chuck Norris doing a split on a jet spouting Shakespeare as paratroopers light up the sky while perched atop his muscled shoulders, according to the Christian Post on Dec. 20. Yep. That would do it.
But Norris' paratrooper jet video is only a spoof of Van Damme's awesome Volvo truck split video, which went viral this year. And the heartthrob of the bodybuilding scene really did his stunt, whereas Norris' is the digitally tweaked version.
As Van Damme spoke in that deeply sexy voice of his, perched midair between two large Volvo transfer trucks and telling us that "I've had my share of ups and downs, of bumpy roads and heavy winds," his spoof counterpart took a different approach. A digital animated version of Chuck Norris stood astride wings for two different jets, way up in the sky, and spouting Shakespeare using a Jean Claude-like digital voice.
Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes wherein our Savior's birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singing all night long," Norris' tweaked Brussels voice states.
The same Enya music plays in both videos, and it is a perfect backdrop for the spectacular stunts presented in both videos (although fake in the Norris version). The eerily sounding Norris makes his video that much more attention-getting with the conclusion of the words he speaks from Marcellus in Act 1, Scene 1 of Hamlet.
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad. The nights are wholesome. Then no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, so hallowed and so gracious is that time."
The only thing stirring in Norris' video, however, seems to be his hair beneath his cowboy hat, digitized to appear as if he really is up in the clouds hoisting 11 paratroopers while his locks blow wildly in the breeze.
The video is all in fun and courtesy of the Hungarian creative talent of Delov Digital, which is a CGI video. And while it is fun to see the "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris one-upping his fellow martial arts competitor Jean Claude Van Damme, it is the latter who really made the most powerful video, truth be told.
When Jean Claude perched his feet on two semis and let them slowly pull him into a split, he did it without special effects or the aid of any type of safety net. It was reminiscent of his fun early movie days, when he would bounce down into a split and pop up to do a little dance, fighting off bad guys in between.
Norris is handsome (and as talented in the martial arts realm as Damme, of course), and his acting chops are probably better. But he is just no match for the muscles from Brussles when it comes to that voice--or those eyes. Am I right, or am I right? You can't digitize that. But we won't blame someone if they try.