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REALISM IN FILM COULD HIT ACTOR HARD IN POCKETBOOK

Realism could cost Jean Claude Van Damme nearly half a million dollars.

A Raleigh, N.C., appeals court upheld a $487,000 award to an actor injured by the action movie star during filming of "Cyborg" in 1988."There was ample testimony that (Van Damme) want- ed his fight scenes to look as authentic and realistic as possible and that he had a reputation for engaging in excessive contact in order to do so," Judge John Martin wrote in Tuesday's decision.

Jackson Pinckney, a Fort Bragg soldier hired to play a villain, said he was partially blinded after Van Damme struck him with a rubber knife. Pinckney received a medical discharge from the Army as a result of his injury.