Georges St-Pierre Was Honored To Fight His Hero Jean-Claude Van Damme In ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’

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08.26.16
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Since taking a break from his mixed martial arts career in 2013, Georges St-Pierre has finally taken some time for himself. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero Jean-Claude Van Damme, GSP tried his hand at being an action star. He played Batroc the Leaper in 2014’s Captain America: Winter Soldier and now he plays a pivotal role in JCVD’s Kickboxer: Vengeance. In an example of life coming full circle, the French-Canadian GSP fought Van Damme, the man who inspired him to become a martial artist, in the film. We talked to him about trading fake blows with JCVD, and his seemingly inevitable return to real fighting in the UFC’s cage.

Was it difficult to choreograph fake fights after really fighting for so long?

Georges St-Pierre: It’s a totally different thing. Fighting for real is just such a different thing, especially when you’re fighting for the camera, but I’m here to learn and everyone on the set was very nice, and I’m fortunate that people were there to help me a lot. Yeah, I look forward to doing this more and learning as much as I can.

Was there ever any close calls or accidents with you getting hit or you hitting someone during filming?

Oh no, no, not at all. The camera angle makes it look like it’s real, so you never punch near the guy.

There are some long takes in these fight scenes, and everyone was clearly in incredible shape for the movie, so was there any similarities in a fight camp and getting prepared to shoot the movie?

Nah. I’m always in good shape, so I don’t need to prepare myself. I was very well-prepared.

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