Van Damme epic splits in space should be the final word

Good luck topping the latest parody of Jean-Claude Van Damme's epic splits Volvo truck ad. This time he's in space.

Van Damme in space
Van Damme is sporting a US flag rather than a Belgian one. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

It started innocently enough with a viral ad of martial arts action star Jean-Claude Van Damme pulling off an impressive set of splits between two Volvo trucks as a demonstration of the trucks' steering prowess. This was followed up by a slew of spoofs featuring everyone from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to actor Channing Tatum promoting his "21 Jump Street" movie sequel.

Perhaps the best response video came courtesy of a computer-generated Chuck Norris doing the splits between two flying airplanes. This really threw down the gauntlet. Which action star would reign supreme? Filmmaker Linh Mai has the response in the form of a video that takes Van Damme into space to perform his splits between two satellites.

There isn't really anywhere else for the epic-splits meme to go at this point. Nobody can ever hear Enya's "Only Time" without conjuring up an imagine of Van Damme's massive thigh muscles. More than 70 million YouTube viewers know more about Volvo truck steering than they do about the steering in their own cars.

What could possibly top JCVD in space? Van Damme doing splits between the Millennium Falcon and the USS Enterprise while a supernova glows in the background? OK, I would really like to see that. Please make this happen.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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