Jean-Claude Be Dammed

updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET

originally published 01/20/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET

After five marriages and confessions about cocaine use, Jean-Claude Van Damme wants to remake his image. “I have to reinvent the brand name, because I’m a brand name,” Van Damme told Sunday’s New York Daily News. “Arnold (Schwarzenegger) knew how to do that.” Van Damme is back in theaters with “Universal Soldier: The Return,” a sequel. He says he feels “indestructible” after remarrying Gladys Portugues (wife No. 3 and No. 5) and overcoming the drug problem he went public about last year. That problem, he says, is “Gone. Oh, yeah, gone.”


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