I just came across this video by way of Slothed (thanks for posting it). This has got to be one of the best commercials ever for a vehicle, and I think it will be hard to top. Kudos to Jean-Claude van Damme and Volvo Trucks.
This is the behind the scenes video that was posted prior to the release of the actual video. Check van Damme’s face when the details of the stunt is explained to him. I’ve tried to find behind-the-scenes info, but so far I haven’t found anything to say whether this was photo-shopped or if it was really filmed live. Either way, that is one hell of a stunt.
[Edit] After watching it a few more times, I am more inclined to think that it was filmed live. I’ve driven a Freightliner delivery van before, so I have a wee bit of experience with driving trucks. I was trying to figure out how they were able to separate the two trucks in reverse without the trailers going haywire. Looking closely at the video, the truck on the left (van Damme’s right) is not pushing a trailer at all. It’s a delivery van style truck, so it would be able to turn without any issues.
Watch the lines on the road, and you will see the truck on the right does not deviate from it’s path. That truck is pushing a trailer, which is a feat all it’s on considering that it’s moving in reverse. That Volvo steering system has to be one bad assed piece of equipment to do that. I’ve always been a driver of domestic vehicles, but after seeing this, I wouldn’t mind taking a Volvo out for a spin or two. I’d still have to keep a Freightliner or Kenworth nearby though. Gotta keep the image up!!
- Jean-Claude Van Damme Did A Crazy Split Standing On 2 Trucks For A Volvo Ad [VIDEO] (businessinsider.com)
- Jean-Claude Van Damme’s New Volvo Ad Is Mind-Blowing (webpronews.com)
- Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Epic Split for Volvo is Insane (mashable.com)
- You Really Need to Watch Van Damme Do the Splits Between Two Volvo Trucks (adweek.com)