Aside from still dying to see JCVD, I've been quite proud of Jean Claude Van Damme -- seemingly wrenching himself out of the enjoyable, but not-so-good dreck of his past. He's kept talking about moving on, but now he's skyrocketing backwards. So much for that deeper characters and respect thing.
MTV reports that Van Damme has signed on for the third installment of Universal Soldier, which has been rumored for a while. "I'm just going to do 10 days. I told them, guys bring in Dolph! They said there's no more value [to cast him]. I said, 'it will have value with me!'" That sounds like trying to cash in on Jean Claude's newly reinvigorated fame while the actor ignores his newfound goals. According to the Muscles from Brussels, Peter Hyams has signed on to be the DP, Simon Fellows is directing, and the plot will deal with "something in the past."
Obviously, I'm not pleased with the news. But what say you? Is JCVD hurting his future with this? Should he return to Universal Soldier, or should he have kept it in the past?