Jean-Claude Van Damme Was 'Coked Out of His Mind' During 'Street Fighter,' Director Says


The 90s live-action Street Fighter movie was an absolutely terrible film that just gets worse and worse with time. It was undoubtedly one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's crappiest films ever. But don't worry, he has a good excuse!
The film's director, Steven de Souza revealed in an Oral History of Street Fighter that Jean-Claude Van Damme was pretty much always "coked out of his mind", snorting about $10,000 worth of coke a week during filming. HOLY SH*T!!!

"I couldn’t talk about it at the time, but I can now: Jean-Claude was coked out of his mind," de Souza told the Guardian. "The studio had hired a wrangler to take care of him, but unfortunately the wrangler himself was a bad influence. Jean-Claude was calling in sick so much I had to keep looking through the script to find something else to film; I couldn’t just sit around for hours waiting for him. On two occasions, the producers allowed him to go to Hong Kong, and both occasions he came back late—on Mondays he just wasn’t there at all.”
But the reason for such a tragedy of a film is a lot more than just Van Damme's coke problem. According to Souza, a big chunk of the film's budget went toward paying Van Damme and Raúl Juliá so they didn't have much money left to have proper fight training. That's why the fights were so bad! And the whole thing was shot out of sequence, making it hard for a lot of people on set to know what was going on.

"I didn’t know the character; I didn’t know the video game; I didn’t know what the hell I was doing,” actor Roshan Seth told the Guardian. "I was supposed to be a mad scientist. I thought: What sort of science am I supposed to be doing and what am I mad about?"

But despite all the terrible fight scenes and bad reviews the movie still earn $105 million. I remember that day. It was the day I lost faith in humanity. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.

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