Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD (2008)
Jean-Claude Van Damme has never been a critical favourite; his acting dismissed alongside his onscreen fighting skills. But the Muscles from Brussels earned a certain amount of respect for playing a downtrodden version of himself in JCVD. The Van Damme on display here is tired, broke, and broken down; a C-level action star unsuccessfully fighting for custody of his daughter, who tells a judge that she gets teased whenever her dad’s movies play on TV. So when Van Damme gets caught up in a real-life bank robbery, authorities assume that the cash-strapped has-been is the criminal.