Channing Tatum is showing Jean-Claude Van Damme that he's not the only man who can do a split, sort of. Tatum spoofed the Belgian martial artist’s epic split, which he did as part of a new Volvo truck commercial.
Tatum -- who has starred in such films as "21 Jump Street," which is based on the late '80s TV show -- displayed his own flexible talents in a spoof of the ad, which went viral last week and now has more than 36 million views on YouTube as of Nov. 13. In the actual Volvo commercial, martial-arts actor Van Damme does his famous split between two reversing trucks to demonstrate the stability and precision of Volvo Dynamic Steering. The producers said that no special effects were used in the stunt.
While filming the sequel -- "22 Jump Street" -- Tatum spoofs the awe-inspiring commercial. Instead of being between two trucks, the actor stands on top of two food carts that are pulled together by crew members. In a video voiceover, Van Damme says, “I’ve had my ups and downs. My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That’s what made me who I am today.”
Tatum starts off with the same first line, before proceeding to say, while in character as Jenko, “Being an undercover cop. That’s what made me what I am today. Surviving high school is no easy task. Neither being a college freshman at my age. But because of this, my body is now engineered to defy the law of physics and a mindset to master the most epic of split.”
While Tatum attempts to do a split, he doesn't master it nearly as well as Van Damme, who starred in the film, "Expendables 2." The video footage then shows Tatum on the ground holding his groin in pain while shouting curses. His new film -- "22 Jump Street," about two police officers who go undercover at a local college to crack a crime ring within a fraternity -- is scheduled to be release on June 13, 2014.