"I go to the clinic and he's got tubes and everything. I love animals. I talk in his ear and I kiss him, and guess what? The fucker wakes up! We have to get him in a cage, so I get the biggest one, and I sleep there with him. What, I'm gonna promote JCVD? Who's JCVD? He's the guy we saw in the movie. Why change him in real life? So, Scarface was alive next to me. He had a tube in his penis, I had to change it. And now he's an amazing dog. He loves me like crazy. And JCVD's gone, but Scarface is here. And God paid me back with Expendables 2. Voilà."
Inspired by martial arts and bodybuilding film stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Van Damme pursued acting and film work, eventually achieving stardom in 1988 with the film Bloodsport. Around the same time, he began to self-destruct. He was married four times between 1984 and 1994 and says he started using cocaine in 1993, using up to 10 grams a day at some points. At that time, Jean-Claude Van Damme was married to his third wife, Gladys Portugues, but had begun an affair with Darcy LaPier, who would become his fourth wife in 1994.