Van Damme in a MTV interview is more enthusiastic: "The Shepherd is a simple, not too complicated story. It's full of action. I was in very good shape for the movie and used new fighting techniques. It's a Van-Dammage-type of action movie." "My body looks like 30 but my face looks like 50. But I cannot walk bare-chested in the streets. I like to do these movies to challenge myself physically." Twenty people are killed by Van Damme in this movie and he beats the shit out of Scott Adkins. But that was worth it for Scott Adkins. Because of this film Scott became more known to a wider audience.
This was the first movie of Scott Adkins and Van Damme together.