What the Hell Happened to Steven Seagal?

Steven Seagal Leaving Sutton Place Hotel

Steven Seagal was a martial arts legend.  Just ask him.  If Seagal is to be believed, he has lived an action-packed life that would rival James Bond.  Seagal, a seventh degree black belt in aikido, rose from obscurity in the late 80′s to become one of Hollywood’s top-paid action stars in the 90′s.  Since then, Seagal has morphed into a walking fat joke.

What the hell happened?

Seagal is a big man who likes to tell big stories.  As a result, his life story is filled with anecdotes which have been refuted or disproven.  At one point, Seagal claimed to be of Italian descent.  He’s actually half Irish and half Jewish.  He also claimed to have grown up in Brooklyn.  He actually moved from Michigan to California at a young age.  It was Seagal’s own mother who discredited her son’s version of his childhood.  There’s a lot more of that to come. According to Seagal, he was a student of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.  Ueshiba died in 1968 when Seagal was a teenager.  While Seagal’s claim has not been disproven, it seems to have been over-stated.  To date, only one of Ueshiba’s students has any recollection of Seagal’s presence during this time.  And according to that source, Seagal was “the kid who was always playing guitar.”

seagal - blues

Speaking of the guitar, Seagal fancies himself a blues musician.  He has released two albums with his band, Thunderbox.  According to Seagal:

“I came up in Detroit and there was a lot of blues. I didn’t learn blues from a fucking record; I learned it from the front porch. There were all these people from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and I learned from them.”

Seagal was five-years-old when his family moved from Lansing, Michigan to Fullerton, California.  But that doesn’t stop him from telling stories about impressing the local blues artists who travelled from all over the country to Detroit.

“Little Milton hadn’t heard me play before. I was doing this Lightnin’ Hopkins thing. Milton looked at me and nodded, like he was trying to say, “This mutha ain’t white.”

When Seagal was in his twenties, he married his first wife, Miyako Fujitani whose father owned an aikido dojo in Osaka.  Eventually, Seagal ran the dojo for his father-in-law.  This substantiates Seagal’s claim that he was the  first Westerner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan.  Take note of that.  It is one of the few stories Seagal has told about himself which is actually true.

seagal - emotion chart

Seagal has frequently told stories of fighting off the feared Japanese mafia, the Yakuza.  He told Movieline, “I jumped right in their faces. I was a tenacious motherfucker, man, and I was fearless.”

Seagal’s first wife refutes his claims,“It is a lie. He once chased a few drunks away from the dojo but never was involved with Yakuza.”

Fujitani also cast suspicion on Seagal’s Aikido black belt. “The only reason Steven was awarded the black belt was because the judge, who was famous for his laziness, fell asleep during Steven’s presentation. The judge just gave him the black belt.”

seagal - la russa

In the eighties, Seagal returned to the United States and married Days of Our Lives actress, Adrienne La Russa.  He didn’t let the fact that he was still legally married to Fujitani stand in his way.  When Fujitani learned of her husband’s second marriage, she filed for an annulment.  Many believe Seagal only married her so he could stay in Japan and run a dojo.

seagal - the challenge

Seagal came to Hollywood as an aikido instructor and stunt coordinator.  His first film as a stunt coordinator was the 1982 action movie, The Challenge. which starred Scott Glenn and was directed by John Frankenheimer.

seagal - never say never again

In 1983, Seagal was hired as a martial arts instructor on the James Bond flick, Never Say Never Again.  He was hired specifically to train Sean Connery.  During filming, Seagal broke Connery’s wrist.  It is one of a long list of on-set injuries caused by Seagal.

Two years later, Seagal was hired as a martial arts choreographer on the Roger Moore Bond movie, A View to a Kill.

seagal - lebrock

In 1986, Seagal met model and actress Kelly LeBrock whom he described as his “destiny”.  LeBrock was famous from the shampoo ads in which she pleaded, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

She had also starred opposite Gene Wilder in the 1984 comedy, The Woman in Red and played the perfect woman in John Hughes’ teen comedy, Weird Science.  Whereas Seagal had broken James Bond’s wrist.

Although still married to La Russa, Seagal followed LeBrock to Hong Kong to pursue a relationship.  LeBrock became pregnant with Seagal’s child.  When La Russa learned of the love child, she had her marriage to Seagal annulled.  Meanwhile, Seagal filed for a legal divorce from first wife his first wife.  Two divorces later, Seagal was free to marry LeBrock which he did in 1987.

seagal - aikido

Seagal was working as an aikido instructor in LA.  Among his famous students was super-star talent agent, Michael Ovitz.  At the time, Ovitz was considered by many to be the most powerful man in Hollywood.  Ovitz believed Seagal could be a movie star, so he set up a martial arts demonstration on the Warner Bros lot.

Warner Bros was in the market for a low-budget action hero they could call their own.  Although Seagal had no acting experience whatsoever, Warner Bros decided to take a gamble on him as an action hero.  They offered the aikido instructor his choice of several action scripts.  Seagal turned them all down but offered to write his own action movie treatment.

seagal - above the law

Seagal’s film debut was in the 1988 cop movie, Above the Law. Above the Law was written and directed by Andrew Davis who would go on to success with The Fugitive.   Davis worked with the story which Seagal had written.  Above the Law co-starred  Pam Grier and a then-unkown Sharon Stone. Reviews were more positive than one would expect from a low-budget action film.  Above the Law grossed $19 million dollars at the box office which was impressive given its $7 million dollar budget. While promoting Above the Law, Seagal hinted to the LA Times that he had worked for the CIA in Japan:

“They saw my abilities, both with martial arts and with the language. You could say that I became an advisor to several CIA agents in the field and through my friends in the CIA, met many powerful people and did special works and special favors.”

Many have debunked Seagal’s claims to having worked with, for, or in proximity to the CIA. Next: Hard to Kill?  More like Hard to Like

Posted on May 15, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 92 Comments.

  1. Seagal is basically the anti-Eastwood. He became famous for his on-screen action heroics, but, whereas Clint played his cards right and eventually became embraced as a great director, Seagal basically thought he could get away with anything. Hence, he’s now a joke!

    • Danielle Charney

      Think it’s called no talent – no cards to play – he was in the Lucky Hall of Fame- Eastwood is a smart, complex and talented man- like him or not -can’t deny his body of work- not even in the same breadth as SS

    • What do you mean Seagal thought he could get away with anything, could you elaborate?

      By the way, Clint HAS gotten away with everything. His personal life is more scandalous than any living celebrity, and most people don’t even know it because Clint owns the media like a mafia king owns the police. He’s the only celebrity I can think of who has successfully manipulated the public for decades without the media airing his dirty laundry. The amount of power and influence this man has is unbelievable.

      • I have heard that Eastwood is a creep. I have no doubt we wouldn’t get along. But I can’t deny his filmography. And he is beloved in Hollywood.

        • True though unfortunate as he doesn’t deserve it (I don’t even think he’s that talented).

          About Seagal (and Don Johnson and others I can’t name right now) being accused of sexual harassment, this goes on all the time. Notice these guys weren’t, for lack of a better word, suave. It goes on all the time, these women probably found him gross and that’s why they made accusations. Had Mel Gibson “harassed” them you can bet they’d have given in. Eastwood did this all the time btw, well into his fifties.

          • Gibson not the best example actually, but Sean Connery. I think highly of him (don’t think he’s a bad person like Eastwood is) but what he did to some of the actresses on his movie sets would be considered sexual harassment. Kim Basinger rejected his advances then praised him to the skies whenever reporters asked her about him, saying he left her hot and bothered. There were many other women. Lana Wood writes about surrendering to his temptation in her autobio. Lynsey de Paul said he pursued her relentlessly until she gave in (he was married @the time and still is). If he wasn’t such a charming, good-looking guy (which Seagal is not) I think they’d have sued him for sexual harassment!

        • I dunno about a creep- but its documented that he got Philip Kaufman fired from the Outlaw Josey Wales after Kaufman did all the prep. The Director’s Guild passed a rule that they would fine producers for doing that in the future.

          He was also successfully sued by Sandra Locke for fraud for making business promises to her that he didn’t keep (even in Hollywood you have to be careful about that)

          Hmm- yeah- so maybe creep isn’t far off.

        • Well, he is an ultra conservative republican, so being a creep is just part of his whole package. ;)

          • Well, I am a Republican,I am not a creep.I don’t know what these Hollywood actors have done or not done to women or on their movie sets,etc., but I do know Clint had awesome movies,good work on them,and as for Seagal..well, I’m sorry but his movies were AWESOME, I loved watching him, I thought he did great w/his accent in “Out for Justice”,and I have seen him do a “demo” once, his hands moved so fast they ask him to slow down for the audience..so, maybe all the rumors are not true, I don’t know, but I do know I resent the Republican remark:)

    • Eastwood learned the craft of film-making. Seagal was a bully who let himself go to pot. I can imagine a lot of people cheering for Seagal’s career decline just as they cheer Eastwood’s triumphs.

  2. daffystardust

    In college, some friends and I wrote, shot, and starred in a no budget video short called “Out For Pizza.” The whole idea of the short was that one of my friends looked like a rather rotund Steven Seagal. This friend did an intentionally half-assed impression of Seagal in which he was constantly half-looking at the camera and slowly nodding his head back and forth.
    The plot centered around a ‘gone to seed’ Seagal now being a pizza delivery man who was trying to track down an old nemesis who was getting his revenge by calling in fake pizza orders. One of the running gags involved each male member of our theatre department in turn answering the door for the pizza delivery we had not placed. We were dressed not just in drag, but also as one of the female members of the theatre program. It was a very inside joke that nobody else could possibly get, but I’m sure if I saw it today, I’d think it was hysterical. An added layer to these scenes was that we all flirted with fat Seagal as if he were Humphrey Bogart.
    We shot this short in 1992 when Seagal was at his height. The fact that, as it turns out, Seagal did actually get pretty fat and that he was constantly being sued for sexual harassment and appearing in low budget movies just makes the memory of it that much juicier.
    Oh, and great article!

  3. Danielle Charney

    What a good post Lebeau- Kelly is about to release a book about her life and marriage to him – she is a really decent human- what she ever saw in him I will never know- if you can post this one of FB I can share- a FB friend knew him well and might have some tasties to add – and I do remember when A&E was not the home of Storage Wars and other great works of art- before Disney bought them I think – they are owned by Disney if I am remembering correctly- to me- although he may once have been a good martial arts person – he was always an asshole – wonder why he is turning down Stallone? That is a mystery-

    • Glad you liked it.

      From what I have seen of LeBrock, she was a hot mess. But I give her credit for getting the hell out of there.

      As for A&E, it is apparently jointly owned by Hearst, Disney, and NBCUniversal. All I know is it used to be worth watching. Now it’s part of the vast wasteland of cable. Can’t wait for the day when I can pay for my channels ala carte.

      I am going to assume that Seagal’s refusal to take a paycheck to do an Expendables movie is related to pride. Stallone and Van Damme have been telling embarassing stories about Seagal for years. I assume he doesn’t feel like hanging out with those guys if he doesn’t have to.

      • Craig Hansen

        From what I understand, Seagal was offered a role in The Expendables movies, but I think it comes down to Steven Seagal and Avi Lerner, one of the producers of The Expendables, having had a falling out years ago when they worked together. It looks like it comes down to burned bridges, and apparently since they refuse to work together anymore Seagal burned that bridge with Lerner until it was well done.

        At one point I would’ve been cool with Seagal appearing in an Expendables movie, I mean if we’re talking 80′s and early 90′s action movie stars Seagal definately is in that category and deserves a spot, but to be honest in more recent years I’ve learned that in his direct-to-dvd movies he doesn’t even do his own fight scenes anymore, he has stuntmen fill in for him to do the heavy lifting. So at this point I figure, if Seagal won’t (or can’t) fight onscreen anymore, then why even have him in an Expendables movie?

        • Aren’t The Expendables movies kind of jokey? I think having Seagal in The Expendables would be like having him in Machete. Cheesy. Possibly in a good way.

          I saw a quote from Stallone claiming that Seagal and Van Damme turned down the first movie becuase they were expected to lose fights. He said they didn’t get it. After the success of the first film, Van Damme came around. Seagal has never been anything more than lukewarm on the idea. It is a bit of a mystery.

          I am kind of surprise that given the number of ex-wives and children he has, he doesn’t need the money. I look at guys like Brendan Fraser who are getting killed by alimony payments and I am surprised Seagal has gotten off so easily. Surely his TV shows and energy drinks aren’t making him that much money. From the sound of things, he’s not exactly living a sensible lifestyle these days.

      • Steven Seagal’s Ex Wife, Kelly LeBrock, Says She was Raped All Her Life!

        http://voices.yahoo.com/steven-seagals-ex-wife-kelly-lebrock-says-she-was-5915024.html?cat=38

        Kelly LeBrock was a famous model before she ever married action star Steven Seagal. She began a career in modeling when she was only 16 years old, gracing hundreds of magazine covers and going on photo shoots for the esteemed Eileen Ford Agency in New York. But Kelly didn’t live a charmed life, according to RadarOnline.

        Kelly LeBrock: Model and Rape Victim

        Kelly LeBrock used to tell Americans, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,” as she touted Pantene shampoo on television. But now she is telling them that, “I was constantly raped and abused my whole life.” That’s a shocking revelation coming from the woman who was wed to Steven Seagal for ten years of her life.

        Steven Seagal’s Marital History: Bigamist and Philanderer?

        In 1987, the year Kelly LeBrock and Steven Seagal got married, a lot of things were going on. Steven had left his two children (a son and a daughter), along with his wife Miyako Fujitani, whom he had married in 1974, to hook up first with Adrienne La Russa, a soap actress from Days of Our Lives.

        Steven went on to marry Adrienne even though he wasn’t officially divorced from Miyako. This made the action star a bigamist. When that came to light, Steven was already embroiled in a love affair with model Kelly LeBrock too, and even worse, Kelly was pregnant with his child.

        Kelly LeBrock and Steven Seagal Get Married After He Gets Two Divorces!

        Steven officially divorced Miyako, got his unofficial marriage to Adrienne ‘annulled’, and then went on to marry Kelly. Steven and Kelly LeBrock, surprisingly, stayed married for ten years, from 1987 to 1997, resulting in the birth of three children for the couple (two girls and one son).

        But Steven was no more being faithful to Kelly than he had the women before her. Steven was caught cheating on Kelly when the children were younger. The “Hard to Kill” action-star was cheating with their children’s nanny! In their home.

        The nanny, Arrissa Wolf, was very young and would continue an involvement with Seagal after his divorce from Kelly. Arrissa would also bear Steven a child, Savannah, out of wedlock. But Kelly would divorce Steven first.

        Kelly LeBrock Tells All In Her New Book

        Kelly might have been the unsuspecting wife, and she might have been the victim of domestic violence and rape in her past, but she is being victorious by telling about it now in her new book. But don’t expect Kelly to blab all the details out in public, as RadarOnline found out this month.

        When Radar asked Kelly point blank if Steven Seagal was the one who raped and abused her, Kelly LeBrock had this to say, “I had a life before Steven Seagal, and a life after him. This book is not about Steven Seagal. But good or bad, he is a part of my life.”

        Kelly LeBrock Says She Was Raped All Her Life

        If Kelly was the victim of rape and abuse at the hands of Seagal and others, she feels safest disclosing it in written form, as a book about her life. That way it isn’t short ‘sound bites’ that the public gets to hear. Sound bites can be misconstrued and inaccurate portrayals of all that took place can occur that way.

        Kelly is obviously seeking to lay the foundation of what her life has been like in all phases, not just the Steven Seagal one. But Kelly was also married to Steven for ten years; So she, more than any other woman, knows what he is capable of, and what she needs to fear from him–even now.

        Kelly LeBrock is likely avoiding a legal litigation with the action-star by giving such a ‘diplomatic’ answer to RadarOnline’s question. And you can understand why, since Steven Seagal is trying to tar and feather the reputation of his current alleged sexual harassment victim. So you’ll just have to wait and read Kelly’s book when it gets finished to find out what really happened to her–and if Steven Seagal was an abuser and rapist of the ’80′s sex symbol or not.

        • Steven Seagal is a good actor for the reason that most of his early films all had a message or point to them not some way off reason to go kill someone with the bad guy killing off half the police force. As for Kelly come now no women is going to let that go on that long I sure didn’t and I’m not as tall as her you got speak out sometime !

          • Mona, I’m going to have to take your word for Seagal’s early films. I usually watch a lot of movies as part of my research. But for Seagal, I decided to focus on embarassing stories about him crapping his pants instead.

            It’s a mircale any of Seagal’s wives stayed with him as long as they did. Le Brock in particular. She clearly had some personal issues that probably contributed to that.

  4. Lmao Daffy! love it.
    After reading Lebeau’s summary, I feel like that’s all I ever need to know about anything to do with Seagal despite never having watched any of his movies. Frankly there have been much worse rumors about him, Lebeau gave him a very fair and balanced overview.

    • I don’t know how fair I was. Maybe as “fair and balanced” as Fox News. If someone acused me of doing a hatchet job on Seagal, I wouldn’t argue. I basically dug up his greatest hits of embarassing stories. Unlike most articles I write, the focus was on Seagal’s personal life and antics rather than his career. The reason for that is I have barely seen any of his movies and I’m not starting now. Plus, the stories (and I don’t believe they are all true – just most of them) are so damn entertaining.

  5. Craig Hansen

    Great write-up Lebeau! I hope I don’t lose too much respect here for admitting this, but back in the day I did enjoy his movies. His invulnerable-tough-guy schtick eventually got old after awhile though. There’s so many juicy stories covered here, there’s no way I could comment on them all in one post. Steven Seagal is like a greatest-hits of the worst of the WTHH alumni: huge ego, difficult to work with, meteoric rise and fall, numerous burned bridges, direct-to-dvd career plummet, etc. Seagal probably has an even worse reputation than other actors documented here though. I almost want to say certain WTHH actors like Val Kilmer and Debra Winger could learn a thing or two from Seagal, and that’s saying something.

    Thanks for getting this one out so quick, I was really looking forward to this one Lebeau! Wonderful job!

    • Glad you liked it. Especially since your request was the one that finally convinced me to take the plunge and add Seagal to this series.

      I have to admit, this article wrote itself. Usually, I go back and watch movies I haven’t seen or rewatch ones I haven’t seen in a while. This time, I barely commented on the movies other than who was involved, how mixed were the reviews and how much money did it make. Instead, I just collected the best dirt I could find. Sorting out when certain things happened was the biggest obstacle because Seagal’s stories frequently contradict and have no basis in reality.

      Up until now, I considered Kilmer the king of bad behavior. Although Chevy Chase was close. I think Seagal owns that crown. Usually you can find a handful of people who will speak up for a talented but difficult actor. But not Seagal. He is universally mocked.

      • Though I love the old Seagal movies, I did enjoy learning these facts about him that i NEVER knew or could have imagined about him!! I never knew any of these things!:) thanks for digging up the “dirt”:)LOL

    • Lebeau I enjoyed the write-up as always, in fact I almost spat out my coffee when I read about Segal challenging stuntman Gene LeBell, that is priceless!
      Like Craig I must admit to enjoying one or two of his older films, I even own Out For Justice on DVD and occasionally switch off my brain to watch Seagal and his ludicrously named maverick cop Gino Fellino going head to head with a completely over-the-top William Forsyth.
      Hey, where else but in a Seagal movie would you see a man fatally injured by a stick of salami!

      • Good to hear from you as always.

        There are a lot of Seagal stories that I hope are true. The LeBell story tops the list. If it’s not true, it should be.

        I missed the whole Seagal thing. I just wasn’t an action movie fan so I skipped all of his lower budget movies. The only one I ever saw was Under Siege which was okay. I have heard fans speak well of his early films. Lethal salami sounds like fun.

    • I have to say, though I do love some old Seagal movies,these facts blew me away:)thank you for digging..I’ve looked and looked, I couldn’t find any articles like this about him, thank you for finding them and posting the info, though I still love to watch some old reruns of his good movies from the old days:)

      • Glad you enjoyed it, Leslie. Personally, I always try to separate the artist from the art. So if you enjoy Seagal’s old movies, keep on enjoying him. There are plenty of actors I like who are jerks in real life. I wouldn’t want to have to work with Mike Myers, but I still love Austin Powers. I doubt I’d want to have lunch with Chevy Chase. But some of his early comedies are some of my favorites. Conversely, there are actors who are wonderful people who have never made a movie I would want to sit through. It goes both ways. Enjoy the entertainment you like regardless of who made it.

  6. Seagal makes Kilmer look like a choir boy, from what I recall there are way more dark elements than were covered here. Also Kilmer had actual acting talent, I don’t think anyone would disagree there. As for Chevy Chase, you know what I’m going to say, I don’t think he’s a bad person at all, an egotistical jerk at times, sure, but violent and degrading, not. One thing I always found interesting about comedy, especially standup comics and those who thrive on improv, is there is no such thing as a comic who has never offended anyone. It’s part of the minefield of humor. Despite best efforts, (and sometimes, no effort) there is always that risk of someone being offended by a comment that was meant to be humorous. It’s always been a tradeoff I’m willing to accept, being a fan of comedy, unless it crosses the line into being mean spirited, and even that is up to interpretation maybe. For me it’s an easy enough line to draw. But someone like Seagal, I find nothing redeeming about him whatsoever.

    • Is Actor Steven Seagal the Biggest Jerk in Hollywood?

      http://kosmo.hubpages.com/hub/Is-Actor-Steven-Seagal-the-Biggest-Jerk-in-Hollywood

      Back in the early 1990s Steven Seagal was one of the top box office attractions in Hollywood movies. In the ilk of such cinematic butt-kickers as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seagal was a martial arts action figure who seemed as tough off the scene as on it. But Seagal’s star has faded in recent years. His films no longer make mega bucks, nearly all of them relegated to DTR (direct-to-video). Now he has to make money by fronting shows on cable TV and playing guitar in a rock band.

      What happened to Steven Seagal’s acting career? Well, for one thing, Seagal’s name now appears synonymous with the words jerk, bully or a-hole. Do any of these unflattering labels fit Steven Seagal?

      Please keep reading, and let’s find out.

      Steven Seagal has a black belt in aikido. With his muscular, six-foot-five frame and good looks, he became an action-adventure leading man in the late 1980s, beginning with Above the Law in 1988. Seagal’s most successful film has been Under Siege (1992), which really kicked tail at the box office.

      But Seagal’s movie career began sinking in the middle 1990s, as audiences already seemed bored with his limited acting ability and take-no-crap, on-screen persona. It seemed probable that Steven Seagal was just another Hollywood tough guy whose career would quickly fade like that of a professional boxer who meets his match and gets pummeled on national TV.

      And Seagal wasn’t helping his reputation by being outspoken and intimidating in interviews. He was also quick to criticize others, which doesn’t win friends and influence people. Seagal seemed joined at the hip with other hard guys such as Jose Canseco. It’s difficult to like such edgy fellows.

      Then, seemingly, Seagal really amped up his boorish behavior:

      Seagal Drives Tank into Arizona Home

      In January 2011, near Phoenix, Arizona, Steven Seagal, an animal rights advocate, took part in the police raid of a man suspected of raising roosters used in illegal cock fights. While filming a segment for his reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman, and clad in battle fatigues and driving in a SWAT tank, Seagal and sheriff deputies raided the home of Jesus Llovera. Setting off explosives to “distract” Llovera, the deputies also smashed a fence and broke out windows in Llovera’s home. During the bust, Llovera’s 11-month-old puppy was killed (perhaps shot) and some 100 roosters were also dispatched without quarter.

      Did Seagal have anything to do with the carnage? He claimed he didn’t. At any rate, was Seagal a jerk for being there in the first place? Hey, reality shows need, uh, reality!

      Nevertheless, Steven Seagal, an animal rights proponent, seemed at least partially responsible for killing one puppy dog and 100 roosters!

      Sued for Sexual Harassment

      In April 2010, Kayden Nguyen, a twenty-something ex-model, was hired by Seagal as an “executive assistant.” Nguyen quickly learned that the job had few if any duties other than giving Seagal massages and letting him feel her up when he wanted. Allegedly Seagal had also hired two Russian women for the purpose of providing sexual favors 24/7. But when Nguyen wouldn’t perform her “duties,” she was fired

      Nguyen later sued Seagal and his production company, Steamroller Productions, for one million dollars, charging sexual harassment, human trafficking, wrongful dismissal and other charges. Seagal’s attorney released a statement saying the charges were ridiculous and that Nguyen was fired for using “illegal narcotics.”

      In July 2010, Nguyen dropped the lawsuit without explanation.

      Seagal Hosts on SNL

      There have been many bad hosts on Saturday Night Live, but perhaps the worst of all time is Steven Seagal; in fact, Seagal made the list of the Top Ten Dubious SNL Hosts. According to the book, Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, back in 1991 when Seagal hosted the show, cast member David Spade said it was the first time he heard talk about replacing the host and doing a cast show.

      Julia Sweeney said: “When we pitched our ideas for Seagal at our Monday meeting, he gave us some of his own sketch ideas. And some of his sketch ideas were so heinous, but so hilariously awful, it was like we were on Candid Camera.

      “He had this idea that he’s a therapist and he wanted Victoria Jackson to be his patient who’s just been raped. And the therapist says, ‘You’re going to have to come to me twice a week for like three years,’ because, he said, ‘that’s how therapists freaking are. They’re just trying to get your money.’ And then he says that the psychiatrist tries to have sex with her.”

      Tim Meadows said: “The biggest problem with Steven Seagal was that he would complain about jokes that he didn’t get, so it was like – you can’t explain something to somebody in German if they don’t speak German. He just wasn’t funny and he was very critical of the cast and the writing staff. He didn’t realize that you can’t tell somebody they’re stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday.”

      John Leguizamo Slams Seagal

      On various radio and TV shows such as Access Hollywood, John Leguizamo has vented steam about former cast member Steven Seagal. Leguizamo claims that while on the set of the movie, Executive Decision (1996), Seagal bullied him. John Leguizamo said:

      He was supposed to be the master sergeant and I was right underneath him, his boy. We came to the first day of rehearsals, and he goes, “I’m in command,” and we laughed. I thought he was kidding. Who talks like that? He comes at me and elbows me . . . against a brick wall and knocks all the air out of me and I’m like ‘why’? I wanted to say how big and fat he is and how he runs like a girl, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have enough air.

      Leguizamo continues to fire away at Seagal in his comedy routines, and supposedly, Seagal can’t wait to kick his butt.

      Steven Seagal Wanted to “see” Jenny McCarthy

      Per a Movieline interview in 1998, actress Jenny McCarthy, often seen on TV shows such as Two and a Half Men, claimed that while auditioning alone with Seagal for a part in the movie, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Seagal told her to take off her dress. McCarthy said there were no nude scenes for her part in the movie – she had the script right there with her and wouldn’t have tried out for the part even if it required a nude scene – so she refused to take off her dress.

      McCarthy, a former Playboy Playmate of the Year, finally told Seagal that if he wanted to see her nude, he should rent her Playboy video, and then she promptly left the audition.

      Seagal claimed that such an audition never took place.

      Conclusion

      Well, what kind of person is Steven Seagal? If the aforementioned allegations or complaints have any basis in fact, then perhaps Steven Seagal really is a jerk, bully or a-hole. At any rate, the public will have to decide, not the author of this article.

  7. There’s no doubt Val Kilmer had acting talent, I’d even say Chevy Chase had talent too, though Bill Murray’s insult to him that he’s a “medium talent” when they got into it backstage on SNL is a burn because there’s some truth to that. Steven Seagal, on the other hand…. again back in the day I enjoyed his action movies but let’s be honest, even if I’m giving him a bit of credit he has a very, very small range of talent. There’s a reason why he kept playing a tough-guy cop over and over and over in each of his movies….. that’s his narrow range. In his biggest hit movie Under Siege, he expanded his range just a bit by playing… a tough-guy Navy cook. That’s one of the reasons why his career eventually failed after the mid-90′s, people kept going to see him play essentially the same character over and over again, until people got tired of it. That narrow range gave him a shelf life.

    • He is still playing that narrow range even though he no longer looks the part. But what else is he going to do? Shakespeare?

      • True..what else is he going to play? I mean he DID try to play a different role in his first directed movie..the one about Alaska, On Deadly Ground, but he was crucified for it, and yeah..u r right, what else is he gonna do?:)

  8. Washed Up Celebrities:
    http://washedupcelebrities.blogspot.com/2007/06/steven-seagal.html

    Unfortunately for Seagal, his career collapsed during the mid-1990s and has yet to recover. One of Seagal’s problems is that he was typecast and generally played the same type of characters in all of his movies – his characters were typically brooding tough cops or engaged in some other kind of law enforcement. Seagal also fell victim to gluttony, seemingly eating every piece of greasy food in sight. Seagal must have gained close to 100 lbs of fat since the mid-1990s and is practically unrecognizable now. He is obese and his abuse of fatty foods in reminiscent of that of fellow washed-up celebrity Dennis Haskins.

    Reports have also surfaced that Seagal has been rough on stuntmen. During the filming of 2001′s Exit Wounds, he injured a number of stuntmen and his co-star, DMX. According to Steven Quadros, a fight trainer, Seagal has been known to “kick guys in the nuts to see if they were wearing cups.” Seagal was also at the center of an incident in which stuntman and judo master Gene Lebell confronted Seagal over this abuse of stuntmen and reportedly put Seagal into a Shime-Waza (i.e., “sleeper”) hold, choking Seagal unconscious.

    Seagal also allegedly has ties to the Mafia. The Italian Mafia apparently wanted to finance several action movies in which Seagal was to star. When Seagal informed the mobsters that he didn’t want to act in these action movies, the mobsters paid Seagal a visit during a shakedown in which Seagal was “petrified,” and probably came close to crapping his pants (and understandably so).

    Seagal was eager to cover up his relationship with the mafia and hired disgraced Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pelicano to thwart an Los Angeles Times expose on his ties to the Mafia. A Los Angeles Times reporter, Anita Busch, found a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on her punctured windshield. A note found under the fish said, “STOP!” Alexander Proctor, an ex-con, told an informant that he’d been hired by Pelicano on behalf of Seagal. Seagal later denied any involvement in this incident when he testified at a trial on one of the mobsters in 2003.

    Seagal’s career is now in the toilet. Unbeknownst to the general public, he has apparently continued acting over the past few years. However, almost all of his movies now go straight to video. For this and the other reasons discussed above, Steven Seagal is one washed up celebrity!

  9. Who Killed Steven Seagal’s Career?

    http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/011597.php

    Steven Seagal has had a strange odyssey through Hollywood. He exploded on the scene in 1988, in his self-produced Above the Law after six years of serving as a martial-arts consultant in films. Seagal made a string of largely similar films over the next fifteen years, usually with names that fit “Steven Seagal Is –” above the title, such as “Steven Seagal Is — Out For Justice!” Most of these films were self-produced, and most of them featured a martial-arts master delivering justice in his own very special way.

    Eventually, audiences found other action films and stars, leaving Seagal behind. However, Seagal contends that the real murderer of his career isn’t changing tastes or even the butler, but the FBI:

    According to Seagal, it’s the FBI’s fault that he now stars in low-budget movies that go straight to video. And he wants an apology from the bureau.

    The 56-year-old pony-tailed martial-arts expert broke a long silence today to complain that his career was devastated by an FBI affidavit in 2002 that described allegations that he was involved in a plot to intimidate two journalists out of writing stories about him.

    “False FBI accusations fueled thousands of articles saying that I terrorize journalists and associate with the mafia,” Seagal told the Los Angeles Times. “These kinds of inflammatory allegations scare studio heads and independent producers — and kill careers.”

    According to allegations detailed in the affidavit and a subsequent affidavit, Seagal hired infamous private eye Anthony Pellicano to frighten Times reporter Anita Busch and Vanity Fair writer Ned Zeman. In 2002, someone shot a bullet through the windshield of Busch’s car and left a dead fish with a rose in its mouth and a sign reading “Stop” on top of the vehicle.

    By that time, however, Seagal had become a rather tiresome character, and not just in films. Seagal had a way of spinning yarns about his past that makes him a less-than-credible accuser now. He attempted to pass himself off as a former intelligence operative in the service of some murky US agency. His proclamation to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist Lama in 1997 sounded a lot more like a marketing gimmick than a legitimate religious revelation.

    Worse yet, his films started getting preachy while viewers noted that Seagal himself was remarkably consistent from one film to another. His penchant for playing himself over and over again did not mesh well with his lecturing takes on the oil industry (On Deadly Ground), toxic waste ((Fire Down Below), and bioterror (The Patriot, not to be confused with the laughably unhistoric Mel Gibson historical drama of the same name). By the time 2002 arrived, Seagal had milked his particular ouevre for all it was worth.

    The FBI never did follow up its release of the information with any action against Seagal, and probably should apologize for its lack of discretion in this instance. They have never filed charges against Seagal, and according to his attorneys, even rejected his cooperation to clear his name. But if the FBI was aiming to kill his career, by 2002 it could have been considered euthanasia.

  10. 1988-2002: A Steven Seagal Theatrical Career Retrospective:
    http://www.everystevenseagalmovie.com/post/1988-2002-steven-seagal-theatrical-movies/

    In 1988, the same year Die Hard was released and just as the overblown action movie craze started to die down, a new star by the name of Steven Seagal burst onto the scene. Seagal was a famous martial artist whose only previous brushes with show-business had been doing stunt work and martial arts training for the movies.

    One day, in his West Hollywood studio, Seagal took on a new student by the name of Michael Ovitz — a man who just so happened to be a movie producer and the head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of the biggest talent agencies in the world. Ovitz saw something special in his teacher — then know as Take Sensei — and orchestrated a low-budget starring vehicle for him, despite the fact that he was 36 years old and had never acted before.

    That movie was Above the Law, directed by then-up-and-comer Andrew Davis. Right away, it was obvious that Steven Seagal was unlike the action stars of the recent past. He didn’t joke around, he took his shit seriously, and he was a surprisingly good actor. In fact, in many of his early movies, his presence was so sincere and imposing, it didn’t seem like he was acting at all. Adding to the naturalism of his performances was his approach to action — functional, brutal, and defiantly untheatrical.

    Seagal also set himself aside with a surprising sensitive streak. He always loved his family, looked out for his old friends, displayed strong political conscientiousness, put his hair in a ponytail, and ran like a girl. For most tough-guy action stars, this stuff would seem corny, but thanks to Seagal’s steely intensity, his softer side came across as sincere and made his characters more human than the average muscle-bound dunce.
    Above the Law was a fairly modest film, but it was successful enough to warrant giving Seagal more acting opportunities. In 1990 and 1991, he starred in three underdog hits and then, in 1992, starred in Under Siege, a critically acclaimed blockbuster that catapulted him into genuine superstardom.

    Alas, his reign on top was brief, and his downward spiral was kicked off with Under Siege’s follow-up, Seagal’s insane directorial debut On Deadly Ground. On Deadly Ground was a vanity project with all the trappings of someone who got too famous too fast: it was egotistical, preachy, and ridiculous. On Deadly Ground is a movie only a hardcore Seagal fan could love — it was laughed at by critics, and grossed far less than any of his movies since his debut.

    As the ‘90s progressed, Seagal increasingly turned his back on all the things that made him great. Instead of gritty realism, his movies bowed shamelessly to cliches. Instead of intense performances and exciting fight scenes, he mumbled his lines, smiled smugly, and let body doubles and tricky editing do the fighting for him. The quirks that once complemented his persona had now consumed and become his persona. His movies faced diminishing box office returns until 1998, just as his multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. came to an end. No one else was interested in picking up where Warner Brothers left off, so for the first time, Steven Seagal made a movie (The Patriot) that wasn’t even released into theaters.

    Seagal had a comeback in 2001 with the modern, exciting Exit Wounds, but it was short-lived. It was followed up with Ticker, a bargain-basement hack-job, and Half Past Dead, a PG-13 live-action cartoon that teamed up Seagal and his body doubles with Ja Rule. Half Past Dead was the lowest-grossing film of Seagal’s career, and served as the nail in the coffin. Excepting a small part in 2010’s Machete, Steven Seagal was never to be seen on the big screen again.

    In 2002, Seagal’s career as a big-screen movie star was over, but he’d left behind a distinctive, unapologetically Seagallian legacy. It’s sad that the days of massive, culture-consuming Seagal vehicles that we could watch on 40-ft screens with like-minded individuals are over, but we should be thankful for the unlikely miracle that they ever existed at all.

    And besides, while he may not have headlined any more big-screen ventures, his career as an actor was far from over. A new career as the star of direct-to-DVD movies and TV shows awaited. A career with different expectations, and different audiences.

  11. 6 tips how Steven Seagal could revive his career:
    http://www.zimbio.com/Steven+Seagal/articles/RnA50OtwiKV/6+tips+how+Steven+Seagal+revive+career

    Blame Steven’s movies that pretty much haven’t changed much since the 2000s – same stuff again and again.

    I am not even talking about all the jokes about Seagal gaining weight and so on.

    Since I was once a fan, I’ve decided to compile a list of tips that could help revive Seagal’s career.

    He might not get back to the heights he once was at, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.

    PLAY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS

    In almost every movie that Steven Seagal has made he plays pretty much the same character. He’s either a cop (ex-cop) or some special agent (cia, ex-special forces or something), and even if he’s not (I recall him playing an archaeologist once!) – he still acts like an ex-cop. The point is – Seagal would be better trying to play someone else, a different type of “tough guy”.

    A musician would have been a choice, since Seagal does know a thing or two about music. Another choice would be a martial arts master, since yet Seagal is one, he has never, to my knowledge, portrayed a classic fighter/martial artist in the film (Clementine is an exception).

    Speaking of “Clementine” – this is only one of the two movies, where Seagal portrayed a bad guy. The other one would be “Machete”. Why not play more villains? Dolph Lundgren is great at playing villains and antiheroes, so is Van Damme. Why not try it, Steven?

    GET BACK IN SHAPE
    Steven Seagal has never been a beefcake, even when he was in his prime with movies like “Beyond the Law”, “Out for Justice” and a few others.

    While even some of his most loyal fans started joking about his weight, Seagal himself doesn’t seem to be that much worried about this fact, making “his own” action movies one after another, like clones.

    The last, thus far, interesting attempt of his was “Machete”, where he played (surprise!) a bad guy, and the film perfectly showed how out of shape Seagal looks.

    Take Robert Z’Dar (the Maniac Cop), a famous B-movie actor with a square jaw. In the early 90s he looked like a brick wall, in 2010 he turned into something horrible (reportedly he had some sort of illness), with his face getting two times wider, and his belly looking bigger than a small car.

    Then I accidentally found his video interview made in 2011, where he looked very slim, and in the interview he said he lost 40 pounds or so, staying on a “strict diet” since then. As far as Seagal goes, he doesn’t seem to have any sort of illness, so maybe getting on a small diet would have done him good, and give his career a needed sparkle.

    DRAG PEOPLE BACK TO THEATERS!

    Most of Seagal’s latest movies go “straight to DVD”, which people usually say about movies that lack quality. Now with the exception of “Machete” (where Seagal did not play the central character), Seagal did not have any “theatrical releases” for quite some time.

    The 7th dan Aikido master might be in the next film in the “Expendables” franchise, which will undoubtedly go straight to movie theaters, however nothing is certain so far. Until Seagal continues making movies in Romania, I wouldn’t expect any theatrical releases any time soon.

    STAGE BETTER FIGHT SCENES
    I could not have come up with a better example than Sammo Hung (both Hung and Seagal are of the same age, born in 1952).

    The man is a legendary fighter in his own right, and while he’s always been overweight, Hung has been able to fight one of the better martial artists (except from Bruce Lee, I would notice Richard Norton, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan) on the movie screen.

    Hung, just like Seagal, packs some size, but unlike Steven, Sammo moves faster than any overweight fighter I’ve seen on screen.

    Seagal’s fighting scenes are all the same (2002-present), rough cuts, extreme close-ups, almost no resistance from his opponents (such as Gary Daniels, Darren Shahlavi, to name a few).If Seagal for some reason does not, or cannot lose weight, I would suggest him to shoot his fight scenes like Sammo Hung does. The fans would appreciate better fight scenes, even if Seagal remains the same, weight wise.

    PICK DIFFERENT SCRIPTS
    I’ll be honest, I am among those who used to like Steven Seagal’s early movies. I used to like them up until “Exit Wounds” (2001). From there on, it all went downhill.

    Not that Steven Seagal’s movies have become completely unwatchable, but their overall level has decreased for sure. Partially, because there is no more interest in the story.

    Seagal always plays the same “invincible” character all the time, that does not “suffer” at all throughout the film.

    For God’s sake, I remember Steven’s film “The Glimmer Man” (1996) for only one reason – Steven not only gets kicked in the face in that film, he also gets to bleed a little! What I am trying to say is that Seagal should consider playing more “vulnerable” characters that have to overcome some sort of obstacles.

    Otherwise he is to remain a “B-movie superman”, who never misses a shot, never loses a hand-to-hand fight, never has problems with girls, and so on. It was fun the first, the second and even the third time. But doing it over and over again – it becomes boring.

    MAKE MORE MOVIES WITH OTHER “GENRE” KNOWN ACTORS

    The times when words “Steven Seagal in…” on the promotional cover would guarantee a sell, have long been gone. Today, career wise, Seagal should consider having more “name” stars along side himself (his recent film does include Steve Austin, which is promising). Whatever people say about Van Damme, there’s one advantage he always had over Seagal – at least one or two “known” actors in the film as his opponents.

    • I mentioned Seagal’s invincibility in a separate post. It was fun in Above the Law- but got old almost immediately. Look at Die Hard- or even Arnold movies- they take damage. It adds drama.

      I suggest Seagal’s ego keeps him from doing this-

      • Part of what I liked so much about the first Die Hard was that John McClane was just a regular guy and not an invincible super hero. Watching the hero swat down his opponents without breaking a sweat is boring. Or will get old fast as you said. Seagal? Ego? Impossible! ;)

        • Steven Seagal himself even spoofed his “invincible super hero” film image in a Mountain Dew commercial:

          I do agree that I think audiences after a while caught up in the repetition of Seagal’s movies. It was after he “it hit big” w/ “Under Siege” (ironically, Seagal’s version of “Die Hard”) that it seemed like he’s ego really got let loose (hence, his environmental “vanity project” “On Deadly Ground”). And of course, he rose a big stink over getting killed in “Executive Decision”. I think that had Steven rose to stardom several years prior to “Die Hard”, he may have gotten more mileage out of his shtick.

          Sooner or later, Steven should’ve realized that he had to “reinvent himself” so to speak, like get into ensembles (like “Executive Decision”), do comedy on occasion (like the aforementioned Mountain Dew ad), or even try to play a villain (like he did in “Machete” many years later). But again, I just don’t think that Steven’s ego would’ve permitted him to get to far out of his safety net.

          I think Steven aligning himself w/ hip-hop artists like DMX and Ja-Rule was the closest he came to a reinvention. And a first, it seemed to payoff as “Exit Wounds” was surprisingly successful given Steven’s more recent track record up until that point. It’s just that w/ the later movie (“Half Past Dead”), they made the mistake on trying to aim for a PG-13 rating (up until that point all of Steven Seagal’s films have been R-rated, so naturally his fan-base was going to get a watered down film), and by that time, Steven was no longer convincing (due to his physical condition at the time) to truly be convincing in heavy-duty fight scenes. It all felt like I guess, a B-movie version of “The Rock”.

          • That commercial is pretty dang funny.

            I agree he should have worked with other more talented people. Problem is, he was such a jerk that everyone he worked with was rooting for his failure.

    • Well said, and I would like to see him revive his career also, this was a very good post, I agree with your suggestions completely

  12. What Would It Take To Resurrect Steven Seagal’s Career??

    http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/271183-post12.html

    I think the reason why guys like Seagal and Van Damme have disappeared from cinemas is because the landscape of film-making has changed quite drastically since their early-mid 1990s heyday. The studios don’t tend to make any medium-sized action films anymore and it was in this field these guys were popular. It’s also this lack of product which has allowed for a more respectable direct-to-video market. Okay, these guys’ newer films are cheaper-looking than their theatrical outings but the production values are infinitely higher than many of the DTV stuff from twenty years ago. By appearing in these films they maintain their status as leading men, otherwise they’d now be relegated to supporting parts in bigger films.

  13. THE FIRE DOWN BELOW featured handyman Seagal building a porch in his nice leather jacket, a chase sequence lifted, in every detail, from DUEL, and, most importantly, Harry Dean Stanton singing at the end.

    Flop or not, all of this means it must be regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time.

  14. seagal might be in expendables 3. what do you guys think about that?

    • I think it would be a good career move for him to get on board before the franchise runs out of steam.

      • Craig Hansen

        Being completely honest here, Steven Seagal’s days of appearing on the big screen are long past him. That’s no secret, really, just harsh reality. The Expendables 3 is his last shot of ever appearing on a big screen again. Seagal seems to have a big ego — no, scratch that, he seems to have a huuuuge ego, which would make me think something like being able to be seen in a movie on a big screen again would mean something to him, so I would think he would do whatever he has to do get a part in Expendables 3.

        • I get the impression that Seagal’s ego is so big he doesn’t think he needs to be on the big screen. But I do think it would be mutually beneficial for him and for the series if he agreed to a role.

  15. Steven Seagal is now facilitating US and Russia relationships a la the Dennis Rodman way. I was reading this article and noticed really fake hair and sun glasses. After perusing through the article, I realized the man who organized the whole Russia and US trip was none other than “one face’ Seagal. Maybe he’ll get a new role as special envoy to Russia since he and Putin love each other. Maybe US politicians will depend on Seagal for foreign relationships by Seagal using his full grown beard and mustache and yellow sunglasses to help out America. You never know:)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/steven-seagal-opened-doors-us-delegation-moscow/story?id=19310164#.Uav9x2TcozQ

  16. I just discovered your blog, and a damn fine blog it is, I stayed up until almost 2 am reading as many WTHH posts as I could find.
    This Seagal post is so far the greatest, I was a child f the late 80s early 90s and was a HUGE fan of him, so this made me laugh hard, nice job!

    • Glad you liked it and thanks for taking the time to comment. The Seagal article is one of my favorites. Practically wrote itself. I wish there were more like him out there!

  17. One of the things that got really old with Seagal was his actual fights. The action star always kicks the bad guys butts- but in Seagal movies- he makes it look too easy. This damages the drama – you want to at least see him break a sweat.

    I imagine his insane ego kept the fights that way- he’s a talented martial artist- but many Hollywood stuntmen are blackbelts. A competitive fight would not be difficult.

    His injuring of stuntmen is unprofessional- these guys get paid to be beaten up- and in reality could probably wipe the floor with most stars. Injuring them is at best- a sucker punch- at worst- assault.

    • There’s an old saying that in movies, the better fighter usually loses. It’s harder to fake getting beat up than it is to fake beating someone up, or so I hear. History has shown that at least one stunt guy can literally kick the crap out of Seagal.

      I agree those fights were all about ego. Reportedly, that’s what’s keeping Seagal out of the Expendables movies. He refuses to lose a fight.

      • Great post, I have heard that also, about it being harder to play the part of the guy being beat up,and you are dead on when u say that is what is keeping Seagal out of the Expendables movies..that darn ego, refusing to lose a fight,Hmm I WONDER HOW HE WOULD DO AGAINST JASON STATHEM?! that would be good in real life lol

  18. Great article. Still catching up on the rest.

    Would the decline of the 1980/90s action movie also have led to SS’s demise?
    I find it fascinating that movies like Commando and Rambo are consigned to history.

    Maybe you should do one “What the hell happened to the 80s action movie?”.

    • Definitely. Stallone, Schwarzenegger, all of those guys had a tough time adapting. Tastes changed. The muscle-bound super hero exemplified by Rambo became less popular. But then, 9/11 happened and the idea of watching these guys dispatch cartoonish terrorists with one-liners was no longer entertaining. Instead, Jason Bourne became the model of the modern action hero.

  19. First of all let me say, I don’t think he has fallen at all. He earned is money and is doing his thing as good as he can. With his dubious history he got away clean. When it’s time to retire, it’s time. I’m not a fan, not even close. But he doesn’t deserve the title of this blog entry.

    Now, in the nineties, after my army time in the Netherlands, I continued to box for a another, pff, 3 years or so. Then I fiddled with Teakwando. In the nineties I bought a lot of Martial Arts magazines, including America’s ‘Black Belt’. Pretty expensive hobby but eh, that was my life back then. Anyway, every week or so one or the other magazine covered the antics of Seagal. I remember the incident at Stallone’s house. But a magazine wrote that Stallone saved the day with reason. Also, Seagal was tested because he claimed to have special ops water experience (or something like that), but once the waves were coming and the boat was seemingly in trouble, he cried and screamed like a pig. And offcourse the endless, endless stories how he challenged one or the other pro fighter, but when push came to shove he wasn’t there.
    Aah such were the stories in the magazines. Fun.

  20. He may be a creep
    ,but honestly who in here hasn’t wanted to grab Katherine Heigels boobs??
    On a side note though there were some rumours that Chuck once challenged Steven,but i have no idea what fact they hold

    • Would have LOVED to have seen Chuck Norris challenge Steven Seagal, I would be CHUCK all the way, though I still like some of Seagal’s old cheesy movies:) I love Chuck and he was the REAL deal, just like Bruce Lee, I use to like to watch the saturday karate challenges on tournaments, on tv with my dad in the 70′s, back when we had 4 channels, and they would show the tournaments,etc on saturdays.Yes, the chuck vs.seagal would have been awesome!!

  21. I remember seeing a recent interview with him and I knew he was a dick. But to claim how great of a martial artist you are and insulting other students of the art, then to claim how centered you are and blah blah blah is ridiculous. I’ve known Martial Artists who have studied for their entire lives and humility is a primary component. The power you have is a gift, not to be misused. Stevie boy must have missed that lesson.

  22. Seagal basically is a 15 year old boy in a grown man’s body.

    I’ve never been a fan, but as my bad luck would have it the first Seagal movie I decided to see (in the theater no less) was “On Deadly Ground”. Horrible! Andf the speech at the end was terrible.

    I suppose his social concerns are admirable, but he’s the classic bullshitting bully.

  23. “Former Playboy Playmate and future Baywatch Babe Erika Eleniak co-starred as a Playboy Playmate and I assume future Baywatch Babe.”

    This turned out to be half-right, since her character’s called Jordan Tate and “Baywatch” did later have a character called Jordan Tate played by clothes-unfriendly Traci Bingham.

    • I’m glad you posted this. Erika Eleniak appears in the next WTHH I am writing and I unwittingly told pretty much this exact same joke about her. Yeesh! I’m repetitive. I’m going to have to tweak that before I hit the ol’ “Publish” button.

  24. Lebeau, this Steven Seagal piece is one of your best ever. Until a few years ago, I had a fairly neutral opinion of him, but my wife has always hated him, and I never knew why. I eventually realized that he was playing the same guy over and over, and poorly, since he’s really not much of an actor. He never had the charm of Van Damme, the humor of Schwarzenegger, or acting talent of Stallone.

    Will Sasso’s parodies of Seagal on Mad TV are pure gold, and I think that Seagal is probably heavier now than Sasso was back when he was performing those skits.

    • I am glad you enjoyed it. I avoided writing up Seagal for a long time because I just wasn’t familiar with his work and I didn’t really want to go back and watch his movies. But when I saw how much great material there was outside of his movies, I had to change my mind. This is one of the few articles where I barely address the movies at all. I have to admit, I’m proud of this one. It’s a fun read. But I can’t take too much credit. It practically wrote itself. The hardest part was sorting out fact from fiction.

      The Sasso imitation has gotten funnier as the two look more alike than ever.

  25. 5 Once Great Action Heroes Who Are Ready For Retirement:
    http://whatculture.com/film/5-great-action-heroes-ready-retirement.php/6

    1. Steven Seagal

    To make a Steven Seagal film nowadays, all you need to do is throw two random words together and hope for the best: Shadow Man, Pistol Whipped, Punch Force. Alright, so I might have made the last one up, but I’m sure that’s just because he hasn’t got around to making it yet. Seagal is pioneer of the straight-to-DVD action crap-fest market which is, nothing to be proud of. His most recent role was in Force of Execution as feared mob boss Mr. Alexander. Forgetting – for a moment – his borderline racist accent in the movie, it’s his lack of credibility that really lets him down here. The only saving grace of this film is the presence of Danny Trejo: full circle!

    When he’s not laying down killer jams with his band and dressing like Mike Myers in The Love Guru, he dons his trademark black outfit and expects us to believe that he’s a credible tough man. I don’t have first experience, but it seems to me that if you can move faster than walking pace, he won’t be much trouble. I respect Steven Seagal’s work ethic, of course – he’s been a film star and has even pretended to be a policeman for television – but sadly his body of work has Val Kilmer’d and, as we all know, there is no known cure for that condition.

  26. TOTALLY ENJOYED THIS INFO ON SEAGAL, keep up the great work on this site,I’m already looking through all the actors to see who I want to learn about next!

  27. Very Good article, summarizes most of the shit about him.
    When someone is idolizing him, I just will give this link.

    Years ago I heard a story:
    He has many defects, but his two bigger are the violence and the harassment. The second frequently with “pseudo slaves” or teens. He often loves to gather both defects too.
    No one said anything because he was a gold factory.

    But once, everything turned very black, he literally almost kills a girl who seduced, who was punched and kicked, who was notoriously underage, as he likes.

    “Fortunately” this happened in an Asian country and with the problem a Studio will lost too much, so, with much money everything was muted. But everyone knew it was the last straw, no more, in a blink he was execrated of billboards and his new house are the dvd cheap “movies”.

    • I am glad you enjoyed the article. The idea was to summarize the big stuff which can be proven. There’s more out there obviously. Especially if you want to get into some of the darker rumors.

      It’s really amazing what you can get away with when you make people money.

      • That’s what I like about the article, is full of stuff which can be proven.
        And “coincidentally”, those stuff coincide with the rumors have always about him.

        I don’t know if it’s a mass phenomenon, but I know very guys “in love” with Seagal. I liked his films but i will not be his Believer, especially if he is a evident Joke.
        The article even has a picture with his baldhead. I have “seen” guys cumming by Seagal’s “hair”. Yes, I’m talking about “males”.

        Yes, you cannot argue with fans, but at least now i know that i’m not the one who’s crazy.
        Seriously, this article is my favorite, even exceeds the Chevy Chase’s article.

  28. This donut eating D-BAG needs to get off his fat ass and do some sit-ups. After that he could use some serious acting lessons!!!!!

    • I would also suggest a great deal of therapy and sensitivity training. Although I’m not sure anything can get through to this guy. I cover a lot of self-involved people in this series. I get the impression Seagal is the king of the D-bags.

  29. Nico was his first

  30. Honestly I think every guy would love to have Seagal as a close friend.
    Right?

  31. Excellent take.

    Back in the late 80s and early 90s, one wouldn’t go to a Seagal movie to find a philosophy to live by or absorb a profound message. One went for the pleasure of spending an hour or two watching the bad guys get their asses kicked. Then, he started going preachy on us.

    As far as a few of the articles quoted above that suggest he should branch out, the hard reality is that he can’t. Unlike a Connery, Ford or Gibson who moved on to serious dramatic roles when their action star days were over, Seagal never had anywhere else to go. He could play a tough guy or he could go fish. He wasn’t going to play William Wallace or a city cop who changes his worldview with help from the Amish. He could play a mook (both n film and in real life) or he could hit the fairways. The choice was his.

    As for Van Damme, I must say that he;s definitely preferable to Seagal. He isn’t necessarily a better actor. But his egomania isn’t as grating, like you said in your entry on him he’s honest enough to own up to his mistakes and he always seemed to have a sort of bemused wit to him that Seagal always lacked. In some ways I think he could still have some success today whereas Seagal has turned into a sad parody of himself.

  32. i see where he spent all his money on…

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