UPDATE: Jean-Claude Van Damme has addressed reports that he suffered a heart attack on the set of his new movie 'Weapon,' writing the following on his Facebook page: "Hours ago, I read a rumor online about me suffering a heart attack. Please do not believe all what you read from rumors on any unofficial JCVD sites. Jean-Claude Van Damme is 100 percent healthy, training well for taking the fight and sending his fans and friends much love." Another report comes directly from his website: "JCVD is in better shape than ever and preparing for his fight in July. He did not suffer from a heart attack on the set of Weapon as reported on some websites!"
Is he lying and trying not to look weak, or was the original report, from our friends over at the pretty trustworthy Twitch, not entirely accurate and/or from a bad source? We're curious to see how this one unfolds in the coming days. See our original report below ...
UPDATE 2: Todd from Twitch has told us that his sources are good, and that the above quotes are coming from fan-run pages, and not from Jean-Claude Van Damme himself.
Yesterday, the iconic Muscles from Brussels -- Jean-Claude Van Damme -- celebrated his 50th birthday. Just one day later, reports have surfaced that the action star has suffered a heart attack while filming his latest action fest, 'Weapon.'
Twitch reports that the Ernie Barbarash film was shooting in Romania before heading to New Orleans for three days of filming, but the production was quickly put on hold due to "complications." The complication was that Van Damme suffered a minor heart attack before shooting his scenes. Everything halted, while his wife, Gladys Portugues, quickly joined him and, thankfully, it looks like the '80s action star will make a full recovery.
'Weapon' focuses on rival assassins who form an "uneasy alliance" to take down a DEA-backed drug cartel. Just to make things more interesting, each assassin is a master of a certain weapon. We'd love to report that Van Damme is bringing down DEA goons with his thighs of steel, but he's probably got a more traditional and boring weapon like a knife or bazooka. Stay tuned to Cinematical for updates on Van Damme's condition. We wish him a speedy recovery, and a very merry and healthy belated-birthday celebration when he mends.