The eye-watering stunt was done to promote Volvo Trucks' new dynamic steering system and has become a YouTube hit. The Belgian actor is heard saying: "I've had my ups and downs… My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That's what made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you. What you see is a body crafted to perfection. A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics and a mindset to master the most epic of splits."
Van Damme's feet were placed on a small platform that was built on the side mirrors of the trucks. Anders Vilhelmsson, public relations manager for the Volvo Trucks brand, insisted that it was a 100 per cent real. He told the Wall Street Journal: "The stunt is real and is performed in just one take. It's a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved."
Van Damme reportedly did use safety equipment during the shoot which took place at a closed-off airstrip in Spain. The stunt had to be completed within just 15 minutes after 8am on the day when the sunlight was just right. Director Andreas Nilsson said: "The film you see is the first take. But obviously we had tons of rehearsals. The tension was really high. I saw a tough stunt coordinator well up after we nailed it. That might actually be the nicest memory from the shoot."
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