Bollywood can be a career option: Jean-Claude Van Damme
For Jean-Claude Van Damme working in a Bollywood venture seems like a good career move but the Hollywood action star jokes that he is too expensive for Indian movies.
The 52-year-old 'Universal Soldier' star is on his maiden visit to India. But his connect with the country dates back to the early '90s with his friendship with Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj and recent appearances at two Indian award ceremonies.
"Indian cinema is big for me as a career move. It would be good for me for exposure. I could be one actor in a film around a full cast of Indian actors. I feel it would be good for my career here, in terms of being known," Van Damme told PTI.
"In Macau, this year at IIFA, I was in talks with some people. But the price is too high, I think," he joked.
Van Damme, who is in the capital to attend the CII Big Picture Summit, said he is intrigued by the idea of making a global film of sorts with actors from all around the world including India.
"We can make a global film with actors from Europe, India, China and myself in it and of course with a good script. I think it can be unusual and be a one of a kind international film," he said.
The former martial-arts champion, known for films like 'Kickboxer', 'Universal Soldier', 'Hard Target', 'Street Fighter' and 'Sudden Death', says while he enjoys watching Indian action comedies, it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 magnum opus 'Devdas' that impressed him a lot.
"Some of the movies I have watched have been very well directed. Especially the action comedies. I remember this one particular film, a fun action movie where a guy is fighting on the bus. But I was very impressed with 'Devdas'- be it the