90’s action flick ‘Street Fighter’ won’t go down in history as an art house masterpiece but it will go down in history for star Jean-Claude Van Damme’s insane cocaine habit now that Director Steven de Souza has spilled his guts saying that Van Damme was ‘coked out of his mind’ for most of the making of the movie. His struggle with the substance was estimated to have been a $10,000 per day habit.
“I couldn’t talk about it at the time, but I can now: Jean-Claude was coked out of his mind,” de Souza said, elaborating to 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.”
The movie, as you may recall, was a box office bomb but it wound up still bringing in $105 million – back when a movie about a video game was still a relatively new idea!
Cover photo credit: YouTube
© 2018 Corus Radio, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.