Chuck Norris sends a special Christmas and New Year greeting and takes Jean-Claude Van Damme’s split video to the next level with his own epic split video.
However, unfortunately, it‚Äôs a fake. In reality it‚Äôs Hungarian production house Delov Digital that created the insane parody clip of the popular epic split ad for Volvo performed by Jean-Claude Van Damme to mark the holidays, with CGI Norris and a crew of tactical airborne comrades creating a festive formation in the skies.
The video, called Greetings from Chuck (The epic christmas split), already has more than 150,000 views on YouTube, but that number will certainly grow quickly.
The animated video clip opens with the face of Chuck Norris in his black hat and checked shirt, wind blowing through his hair. Then we see Norris character reciting Shakespeare’s ‚ÄúHamlet‚ÄĚ and doing the splits between two Air Force cargo planes while 11 soldiers stand on his shoulders.
As the camera pans out, the soldiers ‚ÄĒ who are all perched on each other‚Äôs shoulders in the shape of a Christmas tree ‚ÄĒ strike multicolored flares and turn on their full-body strands of holiday lights. The video ends with the message “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
The Chuck Norris video mimics the camera angles and style of the Volvo ad, right down to the Enya song in the background.
In case you need a refresher, the 73-year-old Norris is a cultural phenomenon best known for his martial arts action movies and his TV role as “Walker, Texas Ranger.”¬†Know Your Meme¬†says “he has come to represent the epitome of manliness and awesomeness in culture.”
The Van Damme video for Volvo has generated 61 million views on YouTube since Nov. 13. The company calls it “the most watched automotive commercial on YouTube ever.”
Actually, there have been already several spoof video on Volvo ad, including the version of Channing Tatum, where performs ¬†as undercover cop Greg Jenko standing on top of two food carts while being pushed along by crew members. Also as a parody, with the help of visual effects Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, replaced Jean Claude Van Damme and ‘performed’ the same epic leg split.
The original video was part of Volvo Trucks’ “Crazy Stunts With Our Trucks” promotional campaign advertising its new Dynamic Steering System. ¬†This hybrid hydraulic-electric power steering system provides additional steering force as well as ironing out the feel to reduce the number of corrections the driver needs to make. ¬†The idea is to reduce the workload of drivers and offer them more precise steering, both chronic problems for long haul trucker.
‚ÄúThe Epic Split‚ÄĚ – which was filmed in just one take – is the boldest film yet from Volvo Trucks, following previous stunts including World Champion slackliner Faith Dickey and Charlie the hamster. Prior to filming, the production team rehearsed for three days, as the final version had to be completed within a 15 minute window when the morning light was just right.