In honor of the huge success of Dolph night, today's Van Dammage is a double pump of Jean-Claude Van Damme reflections and wisdom from the Universal Soldier experience:
"I was surprised by the power of his legs, he has powerful legs
cause he's got big meat. He's got long legs."
Being 6'5", Dolph Lundgren has always seemed larger than life on the big screen. Throw in the muscles and athletic prowess and you have a comic book style superhero who doesn't need a costume. I've always loved some of his signature moves like the step in sidekick we saw in flicks like Showdown In Little Tokyo and Universal Soldier where you feel like he could send some poor goon through a frigging wall. I Come In Peace features a beautifully thrown and cringe inducing spinning back kick as Lundgren's Houston detective stops an armed robbery with his feet. Apparently it looks so good because the actor missed his mark and Dolph slipped coming in so the kick made contact and knocked the guy down.
"When you make a film as a director, you do the best you can. Because time is in the issue.
So you do the best you can. But then you will always feel sorry.
Something is missing always because perfection exists. Somewhere."
That sentiment sums up my experience with Dolph Night and part of my life philosophy in general. Guys like Arnold, Van Damme and Dolph showed me that self belief comes from self improvement so whether that's changing yourself physically or learning a new skill, we can only move forward when we challenge ourselves and know what we are capable of. While things can always be worse they can also always be better. I have to work on simply enjoying the moment as the days and weeks leading up to Dolph Night were tiring and filled with frustration due to my day job. I tried my best to keep my mind clear and focus on what was arguably one of my life's most successful personal accomplishments but it was hard for me to relax as I kept thinking everything could fall apart at any moment. Of course it didn't and a great time was had by all but I couldn't help but see all of the flaws of the evening instead of all of the great things that were happening. Now that I've had a few days to reflect, I can learn from the evening and come back stronger for next time while giving myself a little credit. Onto Live Event # 3!