He was the original inspiration for the video game Mortal Kombat.✓ X JCVD.
The character Johnny Cage was also modeled after Van Damme.
He turned down a role in The Expendables.✓ X JCVD.
He did, however, appear in The Expendables 2.
He has appeared as different characters on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU.✓ X JVDB.
Most recently, he played Sean in the SVU episode “Father Dearest.”
He was once in an all male a cappella group.✓ X JVDB.
So why wasn’t he in Pitch Perfect?
At the height of his drug abuse, he was reportedly doing $10,000 of cocaine a day.✓ X JCVD.
He went to rehab in 1996 but left after a week.
He appeared in the video for Ke$ha’s “Blow.”✓ X JVDB.
In the video, Ke$ha calls him “Van Der Douche.”
He guest starred in the Friends episode “The One After the Superbowl.”✓ X JCVD.
He played himself, as that’s what he does best.
He made out with Ian Somerhalder in a 2002 film.✓ X JVDB.
The film was The Rules of Attraction. It also includes a scene of JVDB pooping.
He was Jack’s big crush on Will & Grace.✓ X JVDB.
“Utilizing my powers of concentration I am now able to kiss James.”
He won a 1997 Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple.✓ X JCVD.
The other half of the screen couple: Dennis Rodman.
He was nominated thrice for Most Desirable Male at the MTV Movie Awards.✓ X JCVD.
Now who’s the heartthrob?
He gets namechecked in the song “Busting Up a Starbucks” by Mike Doughty.✓ X JVDB.
Also referenced: “them sisters from Sister, Sister.”