5 Questions: Lionheart
Welcome to another edition of 5 Questions, the feature that destroys the notion that action movies are mindless entertainment.
Since it is The Best Van Damme Week Ever, I thought I’d share the five thought provoking questions that came to mind as I watched the JCVD classic, Lionheart.
In Lionheart, Jean Claude Van Damme plays Lyon Gaultier, but to his niece Nicole (Ashley Johnson) he is simply Uncle Leo. Which got me to thinking…
1. What if Len Lesser (Uncle Leo from Seinfeld) starred in Lionheart instead of JCVD?
And while on the subject of Lyon’s niece…
2. Who is the more annoying child? Rocky Balboa’s kid in Rocky IV or Nicole Gaultier in Lionheart?
It really is a tough call and I kind of want to throw the kid from the Michael Dudikoff movie Crash Dive into the argument as well. It really may come down to their “catchprhases”. Rocky’s kid and his “That’s my dad.” line or Nicole’s “I knew he wasn’t a stranger.” One thing is for sure, child actors are often some of the worst parts of action movies.
In both Lionheart and Bloodsport, Van Damme’s character is being pursued by agents looking to extradite him to his native country. In both films, these agents get front row seats to his final fight.
3. My question, especially in the case of Lionheart where rich people in tuxedos and furs with a bloodlust want to be there, how do these government employees score such primo seats?
4. Did the real Bert Sugar have a prior engagement or was he too expensive?
These are the only two explanations I will accept for why they had some Bert Sugar wannabe play one of the bookies and not the man himself.
Finally, and let me say SPOILER ALERT first, even though spoiler alerts for a nearly 25 year old movie seems ludicrous…
5. At the end of the movie, how did the driver know to stop the car and let Lyon go back and be with his family? There was no dialogue that preceded the action.
Was this something Sgt. Hartog and the driver arranged earlier, because Moustafa (Michel Qissi) doesn’t seem to know what is going on. And what was that plan, “Let’s see if he’s cooperative and comes with us and if he is, we’ll drive around the corner and then let him out so he can make a dramatic return up the hill. But if he’s a jerk about the whole thing just go straight to the airport and to hell with him and his family.”