If you were unaware, Volvo has developed what they call “a world first technology” that makes driving the Volvo FM easier. The technology has been named ”Volvo Dynamic Steering.” In order to promote this technology, they made a commercial out of a live stunt with action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, demonstrating “the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering.”
The video starts off with a close up of Van Damme who has his arms folded and looks like he is meditating. As it zooms out we see that he is standing between two big rigs with his foot on the side mirror of each truck. As the narration continues and the camera pans out you realize these trucks are going backwards, they then pull apart and Van Damme does the splits between the two trucks.
The stunt was real too. According to the video’s about section, it was filmed in one take in Spain, on a closed-off landing strip.
A Volvo rep confirmed that the spot was done in just one take, and if the actor had gotten a leg cramp while filming, he would have been protected by plenty of safety lines that were not visible in the final video. He also was aided by small platforms on the trucks’ side mirrors that helped prop up his feet. But none of this takes away from the badassery of doing a perfect split between two massive moving vehicles.
It is pretty insane: