They say that old soldiers never die, but in the case of 1992’s Universal Soldier, the old soldiers could just be soldiers who died once. Having killed each other Rocky II-style during the Vietnam War, two soldiers are brought back to life decades later by a secret, illegal government project that resurrects the dead, injects them with a superpower serum, and keeps them as mercenaries. brainwashed. This is the 1992 Universal Soldier movie!
And now, as the film reaches its 30th anniversary, we speak with stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (who played Luc Deveraux) and Dolph Lundgren (who played Andrew Scott), as well as director Roland Emmerich (Stargate, Independence Day). ) about the difficulties of making the film, his legacy, and more. It’s time to remember how the movie gave us two action stars and a master of global destruction on the big screen.
Billed as a showdown between the “Muscles of Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme and the “Heemen of Sweden” Dolph Lundgren, Universal Soldier was also Roland Emmerich’s first major American studio film, whose direct follow-up films would be Stargate and Day. of the independence.
With the title of supreme ’80s action hero traded fiercely between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, martial artist Van Damme first made waves as a leading man with 1988’s Bloodsport, which was followed by Kickboxer, Cyborg, Lionheart and Double Impact. . However, Universal Soldier would go on to be his biggest hit yet, with the best production value, stunts, and story to date. Meanwhile, Dolph Lundgren had already played one of the most hated villains in movie history, with Rocky IV’s Ivan Drago, then went on to be the first live-action He-Man in 1987’s Masters of the Universe and the first live action Frank. Castle in Punisher from 1989.
Join us as we trace the making of Universal Soldier 1992!