YORKSHIRE – Only hours after news that Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of Downton Abbey for Season Four, it was also revealed that the ‘Muscles from Brussels’, Jean Claude Van Damme will also be appearing, although it is as yet unclear as to whether he will be making a permanent addition, or a special one off appearance.
The action star spoke excitedly to Studio Exec this morning:
My character is Alphonse DuBois. I am a member of the Belgian aristocracy but I have fallen on hard times and I arrive at Downton as part of a troupe of entertainers. I’m the clown Monsieur Chuckles. Unbeknownst to the Earl the house has been surrounded by dirty thieving Ninjas, intent on stealing the family silver, and this is where my character really comes into his own, cheering up the family once the Ninjas have gone with all the silver.
Julian Fellowes, the creator and producer of the show, said that they were very pleased to have Monsieur Van Damme aboard.
He really is the most charming of chaps, and when he has a couple of drinks he comes out with the funniest stories about Kylie Minogue and Roger Moore. Really ripping stuff.
But aren’t you worried the influx of Hollywood faces will compromise the dramatic believability of the show?
What what what what? Oh, dramatic believability! Ha! Yes, quite.
Downton Abbey: Season 4 begins this Fall.