Sometimes, we let our egos get the best of us — this can cause a lot of problems when trying to work well with others. A lot of actors have this problem when they experience a string of success, and JCVD is no exception. Fresh off the success of Timecop, he was offered a three-picture deal worth $12 million per film. $36 million is certainly nothing to kick at, but JCVD felt his star power deserved the financial rewards of, say, Jim Carrey, who was commanding $20 million per film at the time. Problem is, when he mentioned this over the phone, they simply hung up on him. So … that's a maybe?
Recalling that particular incident years later, on the show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, he admitted, "I was completely f**ked up and I made a bad mistake and I was on the blacklist in Hollywood for years."
Even when he did take on a project, he was notoriously difficult to work with. Coming from the world of professional fighting, it was difficult at first for him to not make contact with his on-screen opponents. Twice, while filming No Retreat, No Surrender, he knocked out his co-star, Peter Cunningham. He could also be something of a diva — as we stated before, he left Predator after only two days, and would get into arguments with producers and directors if he was supposed to lose a fight on camera.
There was even a rumor going around Hollywood that he refused Sylvester Stallone's offer to appear in The Expendables, because he didn't want to lose a fight to Jet Li. JVCD denies this, indicating that he was hard at work editing a recent film, and that's why he wasn't able to make the film. He did end up appearing in the sequel, playing the bad guy, and he was actually happy to lose that fight. At least he understands how happy endings work.