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'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' is the master martial artist at his funniest

| Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Need a good laugh? Check out the trailer for the upcoming Amazon series, "Jean-Claude Van Johnson."

Yes, it stars legendary martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, and don't worry, he won't beat you up if you laugh. It's funny, really funny.

The trailer starts off with a close-up of the aging actor, as he says, "My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous."

Van Damme plays an unhappily retired version of himself. A chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game — the assassin game that is, which he does under the alias of "Johnson." He uses his acting gigs as a cover for his real job, but he's out of practice with both. Watch for his particularly amusing roundhouse kick of a punching bag. Ridley Scott, van Damme and others serve as executive producers.

Phylicia Rashad plays his handler, and the show also stars Kat Foster ("Your Family or Mine") and Moises Arias ("Hannah Montana").

Van Damme is no stranger to making fun of his own image. He played himself in another comedy-crime-drama, "JCVD," in 2008. He voiced martial arts Master Croc in the "Kung Fu Panda" films and famously had Rachel and Monica competing for his affections on post-Super Bowl "Friends" episode in 1996.

"Jean-Claude Van Johnson" premieres Dec. 15 on Amazon Prime Video.

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