Channing Tatum Spoofs Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'Epic Split'
Channing Tatum released a spoof video of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s viral ‘Epic Split’ Volvo commercial.
Van Damme Performs 'Epic Split'
“A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics, and a mindset to master the MOST EPIC of splits,” Van Damme narrates in the strange commercial that premiered Nov. 13.
Van Damme, a Belgian action star, stands astride two Volvo trucks and falls into a comfortable epic split when the trucks slowly drive apart in an effort to “demonstrate the stability and precision of Volvo Dynamic Steering.”
Channing Tatum Spoofs 'Epic Split'
The dramatic commercial went viral instantly and has over 44 million views on YouTube. The video inspired Tatum, currently on set shooting 22 Jump Street, the sequel to the successful 21 Jump Street, a comedy adaptation of the popular 80’s television show staring Johnny Depp, to create his own version of the ‘Epic Splits.’ Unlike Van Damme’s stunt, Tatum’s is said to “demonstrate the stability and precision of the food carts on the set of 22 Jump Street.”
In the video, Tatum appears in full 22 Jump Street costume, as his character Jenko. In fact, the video is titled “Jenko’s Epic Split.” The spoof video, posted to YouTube on Nov. 20, has over 7 million views, but Tatum is hoping to rack up even more views. In an effort to make the spoof even more popular, Tatum tweeted that for every million views accumulated during the production of 22 Jump Street, he and co-star Jonah Hill will drink one shot of Jack. Production on the film ends Dec. 15.
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) November 21, 2013
22 Jump Street will be released in theaters June 13, 2014.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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