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What the Hell Happened to Steven Seagal?

Steven Seagal Leaving Sutton Place Hotel

Steven Seagal

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.  On his mother’s side, he is of European descent but it’s a mix of English and German with a splash of Dutch.  Seagal’s father was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants.  He also claimed to have grown up in Brooklyn, but 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.”

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Steven Seagal

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.

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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.”

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Steven Seagal and Adrienne 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.

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The Challenge – 1982

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.

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Steven Seagal

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.

Next: Above the Law and Hard to Kill

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Posted on May 15, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actor and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 181 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!

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    • 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

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    • 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.

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      • Eastwood wasn’t a star until he was about 38. That automatically sets him apart from most actors you could compare him to. Only Bronson broke out as late. With that much time, one would have to be mentally challenged not to learn the craft of filmmaking.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • That’s not even the 1/2 of it. She called him a monster & said her cancer was stress induced. They’re both unconventional people who defy easy categorization–I forget where I read that, but it’s an excellent description because their stories can’t really be given a rundown. The media didn’t get anything right and no retractions were issued when she came out with her revelations. There are a few theories why, all have to do with his incomparable superiority in the entertainment world just in general.

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

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        • 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:)

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        • Strangely he was one of the few that are Republicans in Hollywood…but I have to say that appearance on stage to benefit the Republican party was really strange. Always liked his movies but you don’t know how these people are in real life, we don’t know them.

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        • He identifies as conservative because the façade helps maintain his popularity. Someone who has fathered at least 8 children by at least 6 women while being married to someone else the whole time cannot be conservative. It defies logic. (The facts have been out there since the end of the 90s, American media just doesn’t publicize them.) He figured out a long time ago that the majority of his fanbase and the moviegoing public is conservative. Sondra Locke said he will do anything for money. To borrow another quote, Eastwood projects a false image to a worldwide audience.

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  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!

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  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-

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    • 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.

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      • 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?

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        • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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 !

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        • 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.

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        • A Brief History Of Sexual Assault Allegations Against Steven Seagal:
          http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2015/01/a-brief-history-of-steven-seagal-sexual-assault-allegations/

          This morning a I awoke to a slew of emails about a sexual harassment and sexual trafficking lawsuit against Steven Seagal. I get all the Steven Seagal news almost as soon as it happens, thanks to a network of the like-minded I like to call The Kimono Railroad (formerly The Old Thunderbox Mountain Railroad). The links usually cited Fox News or the New York Daily News, regarding a story about a former Seagal assistant named Kayden Nguyen, who was suing Seagal for sexual harassment and sexual trafficking.

          The name sounded familiar, and that’s because Fox was citing a New York Daily News story from 2010. A story I remembered because it’s amazing. If you’ll remember, that’s the one where Nguyen claimed “she could identify a ‘unique physiological reaction’ that Seagal has to sexual arousal, which could be corroborated by the other ‘attendants.’”

          What an incredible picture that sentence paints. I imagine a 300-pound Seagal pawing at Nguyen like Jabba the Hutt while he caws like a bird and a team of stone-faced handlers silently await his ejaculate with white towels. Great story, but again, an old story. Nguyen had claimed Seagal had sexually assaulted her three times, then chased after her “with a flashlight with a gun attached to it” when she finally escaped.

          Not much has been written about the Nguyen lawsuit since 2010, perhaps because Seagal hired Hollywood heavy hitter Marty Singer (past clients have included Bryan Singer, John Travolta, Quentin Tarantino, and, naturally, Bill Cosby). But it should be noted that Nguyen was far from the only accuser, and I thought this seemed like a great time for a refresher.

          Seagal’s ex-wife Kelly LeBrock said she was “constantly raped and abused my entire life,” presumably also during her nine-year marriage to Seagal, and suggested people buy her book for details.

          Then there was Ray Charles’ granddaughter, Blair Robinson, who says she was assaulted by Seagal after meeting him at Ray Charles’ funeral. (Of COURSE Steven Seagal was at Ray Charles funeral).

          [after being hired as Seagal’s assistant] Robinson said Seagal came to her room and immediately started to discuss the art of Japanese massage, which he explained would be expected as a part of her job. She became very uncomfortable as he began to demonstrate on her arm and shoulders and Robinson asked that he leave the room. [Bossip]

          The “massage expert” thing seems to be Seagal’s move, as Rob Schneider even mentioned it during a Howard Stern interview some years back:

          “Because I collect those Steven Seagal stories, they’re like jewels. Like I love the Jaime Pressly one, where he tells her ‘Please let me massage you, I’m an expert in shiatsu massage.’ Next thing you know she’s having her boobs grabbed on by him.”

          Jenny McCarthy even has a Steven Seagal story, as she explained in a 1998 interview:

          “I go inside his (Seagal’s) office, which has shag carpet and this huge couch, and he’s by himself and says, ‘Sit on my couch.’” She continued, “[He says] ‘So, you were Playmate of the Year?’”

          “Then he said: ‘take off your dress,’” McCarthy continued. “I just started crying and said: ‘Rent my Playboy video, you a*****e!’ and ran out to the car.”

          Seagal was sued by another assistant in 2001, and was also the subject of a Penthouse feature by John Connelly in 1996 alleging all kinds of shady behavior. Connelly claimed to have interviewed six separate women who all alleged that Seagal had assaulted them.

          …four female staffers resigned from the production of Seagal’s Out for Justice to protest his harassing behavior, including a “sexual attack” on one of them. The actors alleged that Seagal tried to undress them during casting interviews and made other raunchy advances. (“When I was finally able to get him to stop, he told me I had the part,” said one actor.)

          One of the women is quoted as saying that Seagal frequently brushed up against women in his office. And a former housekeeper, Leah Bumgarner, alleges that Seagal “sexually attacked” her at his home, according to Connolly. Her credibility is somewhat clouded, however, because she subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property from his home. [EW]

          If the housekeeper’s credibility is in question, it should be noted that the other party in this story famously claimed to have invented the front kick, worked for the CIA, wears a bulletproof kimono, claims to be the reincarnation of a 17th century monk, and doesn’t “keep track of space or time too well.” I don’t think we want to get into a he said/she said contest here.

          So often we talk about Seagal being MMA’s most famous groupie* or Vladimir Putin’s best bud, it’s easy to forget that he’s also a total creep (ALLEGEDLY). At the very least, we can say for certain that he loves the poonani. That much is public record.

          “Relax, babe. There’s no reason to be so uptight, it’s the 1500s now. I learned this tit massage from Kublai Khan.”

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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!

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    • 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.

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      • 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

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    • 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!

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      • 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.

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    • 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:)

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      • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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      • 12 Bitchiest Movie Stars In Hollywood:
        http://whatculture.com/film/12-bitchiest-movie-stars-in-hollywood.php/12

        Steven Seagal

        “I think I would rather drink latex paint than be in a movie with Steven Seagal.” – Henry Rollins

        Henry Rollins isn’t alone in his sentiments. Lately, lone-wolf action hero, Steven Seagal, seems lonelier as he hasn’t made a hit movie in over a decade. When Stallone announced his idea for The Expendables, everyone saw the perfect chance for Seagal to be given a comeback role. Everyone, except Seagal. When asked about his curious absence from the series, Seagal answered he didn’t like some of the people involved and, “life is too short to work with funny people.”

        His use of the word “funny” is ironic. Seagal has proven many times that he can be even less humorless than the men he portrays. According to John Leguizamo, when Seagal showed up on the first day of shooting Executive Decision and told him that he was in command it made him laugh a little. For giggling out of line, Seagal threw Leguizamo into a wall and has been the comedian’s least favorite person since.

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  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.

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

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      • 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?:)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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    • 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-

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      • 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! 😉

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        • 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”.

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        • 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.

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    • 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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  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

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  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!

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    • 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!

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  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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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

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      • I was just watching a show about movie-making- they had the stunt coordinator of Ender’s Game and Avatar on- Garrett Warren. He got into stunts as a martial arts guy. Three time World Champ.

        I wonder if Seagal would sucker punch him?

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        • Of course never, BUT because Seagal is “a Zen Master”, “a peaceful and not violent man”, he doesn’t want the battle. Sometimes.

          Van Damme knows it, the Zen Master ran so fast that VanDamme couldn’t catch him with his car. He’s still waiting for him.

          Seagal is chef too, then sometimes he just cannot fight because he left something in the oven.

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        • Back in the day, he might have. Seagal was counting on the fact that he was powerful enough to get anybody fired if they complained. No one would dare take a swing back at him. Not because they were afraid of his martial arts skill. They were afraid of his powerful friends.

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  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?”.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  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

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    • 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!!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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”.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  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!!!!!

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    • 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.

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  29. Nico was his first

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

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  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.

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

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  33. skewedreality

    Just re-read this and loved it just as much the second time. I can also proudly state that I am the proud owner of Mr Segal’s seminal album “Songs from the Crystal Cave” and thus can attest to it being as good as it sounds!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      This article represented a turning point for me in writing the series. Up until this point, I only wrote about actors I had followed at some point. I always resisted a Seagal write-up because I had never been a fan. When I finally decided to tackle him, I discovered the movies didn’t matter all that much. The real challenge was sorting out fact from fiction and putting it in chronological order. His stories changed so much, it was difficult to line them up. But I was really happy with the end result.

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  34. xXx tried, and failed, to make James Bond irrelevant:
    http://thedissolve.com/features/forgotbusters/564-xxx-tried-and-failed-to-make-james-bond-irrelevant/

    Sam Huddy JokersNuts • 2 months ago
    9/11 was pretty good at getting schlocky Steven Seagal-type crap off our screens, but at the cost: the schlock that survived became super-duper serious.

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  35. I read this blog some time ago and came across it again in preparation for Lebeau’s quiz.

    After looking at Seagal’s history it becomes clear that he is a bully and a narcissist. In the real world he would have had his ass whipped early on, but he got lucky and wound up a film star. Not because of preparation and study, but because he was in the right place at the right time. The screwed up morals of the movie business allowed his aggressive behavior to gradually increase until it became too grandiose, even for the film industry. His lack of character was overlooked in return for studio profit. When the profit diminished he was cast to the curb and forced into DVDs and TV reality shows in a vain attempt to stay revelent.

    Any man who would treat women so poorly deserves no respect, much less admiration. It is sad commentary that the film industry would tolerate such poor behavior and then present this guy as some kind of action hero. Seagal is a pompous ass that deserves his slide into obscurity.

    Brad Deal

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  36. Blockbuster Talk: ‘The Expendables 3’ Could Have Used Some Reinforcements:
    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/blockbuster-talk-the-expendables-3-could-have-used-some-reinforcements/

    Rafe Bartholomew: How can I answer that question without first responding to 15 other points you made? For starters, I just assumed I was chosen for the Expendables 3 assignment because our coworkers dislike me. Secondly, there’s nothing unhealthy about starting your day by watching JCVD and the Gerardo-haired villain from Only the Strong flash their bulges in black spandex during a poolside brouhaha.

    The glaring absence in Expendables casting through three films remains Steven Seagal.1 This will sound absurd to normal moviegoers, but seasoned Seagalogists will know that Seagal’s self-regard is so earnest and delusional that he would never let himself participate in a gimmicky retread project like the Expendables movies. He explained his choice not to appear in the series earlier this year: “I just didn’t like some of the people involved. Life is too short to work with funny people.” As ESPN.com boxing editor and noted Seagalogist Brian Campbell wrote in June, “No one in the history of the free world takes himself more seriously than Seagal does, even today.”

    But you know what? This time I’m siding with Seagal. The Expendables films aren’t as enjoyable as classic action movies because there doesn’t seem to be any creative impulse behind them. I know I’m walking onto the thinnest of ice by championing the creativity that went into Commando, Bloodsport, and Drop Zone, to name a few, but at least those movies felt like they made an honest attempt to entertain action fans with a paper-thin plot, an enjoyably goofy conceit, and a handful of cool heroes and villains and fight scenes. Those movies had some earnesty. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to build a movie around Snipes infiltrating a gang of skydiving bank robbers, but at least somebody once thought it was. With The Expendables, the only idea seems to be corralling a bunch of marquee names so they can swindle $12 out of nostalgic 28- to 45-year-old men.

    I’m glad Seagal refuses to take part in such transparently cynical cash-grabbing. He mails it in the honorable way — by starring in straight-to-video junk that makes you regret subscribing to Netflix.

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  37. Tanya, what happened to Tanya? I was really looking forward to an in depth discussion comparing and contrasting family values in Hollywood today!

    Oh wait,,,did I just get spammed?

    Brad Deal

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    • Lol. Happens to the best of us.

      You know what I hate about spam? It’s usually so complimentary. According to spam, I am a brilliant writer with useful info and a well-designed blog. It’s a pity to delete it.

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  38. Outrageous words. u, r not in a position to judge this god blessed human-being. he saved and helped me & uncountble pepole . seriously – you chose the world’s most giving man in a lot of pepope hearts. and the only ones who think slicest bad/wrong thing about mr seagal is a 100% hater and bad influencer of the world. hope this bs will be gone fast. AMEN. DELETE IT AND PROVE ME WRONG.

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  39. Where is steven siegal now

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  40. To the writer of this shit which is NOT TRUE:

    Steven Seagal could kick your ass!
    I met him a few times and he’s one of the greatest people I met in all my life.

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  41. Yeah, fun fact. Instead of going to Vietnam, Steven went to Japan and got married. He came back in 1974. His draft status would be a very interesting thing to look into.

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  42. From Fab To Flab: A Brief History Of Steven Seagal’s Body Transformation:
    http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/04/steven-seagal-body-transformation/

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  43. Guess you just have to know him. Because this article isn’t all true either.
    For one his wife never said that he hadn’t had a run-in with Japanese mafia she simply said that she wasn’t there if he did.
    And really some people believe that he only married so we could run a dojo.

    Come on really ?

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    • I stand by the quote. She specifically called him out as a liar. I have also seen the quote you’re referencing where she said that if he did it, she wasn’t there.

      And yes, based on Seagal’s actions, it’s pretty easy to imagine the guy marrying someone in order to run a dojo. It’s far from the worst thing that has been said about him. The bigamy comes to mind as does a laundry list of abusive behavior.

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  44. I dont care what people say about Steven. Was and still is the best better then van dam. @ lest hes English was well ENGLISH. i meet hem along time ago @ a seminar in Texas great speech)0

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  45. 10 Hollywood Stars That Let Instant Success Go To Their Heads:
    http://whatculture.com/film/10-hollywood-stars-that-let-instant-success-go-to-their-heads.php/6

    Steven Seagal

    Early Success: Seagal started his professional career in martial arts and only got into acting by chance, after putting on an Akido demonstration to Warner Bros. chiefs as a favour to one of his students. Sufficiently impressed, they offered him a number of scripts, but he turned them down in favour of a producer-actor role in Above the Law. The film was a success and Seagal’s performance received solid praise. His star would soon rise higher with his starring role in the Hollywood blackbuster hit Under Siege in 1992. The film grossed over $150m worldwide.

    What Happened Next? Seagal chose to make the massively preachy, massively pretentious On Deadly Ground, essentially convincing himself he could heal the world through acting. As a result of his early success in action roles, he was given almost total creative freedom for the film, featuring acting talent such as Michael Caine and Billy Bob Thornton in supporting roles.

    Intended as the moment he became a respectable actor/ film-maker, his performance, along with the movie’s preachy content, was panned by critics, with the film also becoming a major turkey at the box office. It seems this was the moment Seagall began to believe his own hype, overestimating his acting chops and, as a result, he’s been releasing straight-to-VHS duds ever since.

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  46. He is an actor that I can watch over and over. He is a great man and I love his movies.

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  47. David Spade Reveals The Worst Host During His Tenure On ‘Saturday Night Live’

    http://uproxx.com/tv/2015/10/david-spade-saturday-night-live-worst-host/

    But because David Spade is nothing if not a gentleman, he deflected the question and instead named the host who he thought was the most difficult to work with (which Cohen was apparently going to ask anyway), and that would be one Steven Seagal. Supposedly, Seagal didn’t so much grasp the whole comedy thing and was not to most cooperative to work with. So, now that Spade’s feud with Eddie Murphy has been put to rest, it looks like he’ll have to keep an eye over one shoulder because he just kinda insulted a 6-foot-4 martial arts expert… though Seagal should be used to it because SNL creator Lorne Michaels, himself, bashed the Under Siege star on-screen in a 1992 episode of the show, and Seagal is oft-cited as a less than stellar host.

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  48. Steven SeBoom Boom!

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  49. Steven Seagal Has His Own Clickbait Website (And What We Discovered May Shock You)

    http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2015/12/steven-seagal-warrior-zen/

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  50. Steven Seagal (along with Katherine Heigl) on WatchMojo’s Another Top 10 Hated Actors

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  51. 11 Actors Who Survived Career Suicide Twice

    http://whatculture.com/film/11-actors-who-survived-career-suicide-twice.php/8

    Steven Seagal

    Seagal is one of the few stars who started his career as a leading man, and from 1988’s Above The Law to Under Siege he was one of the biggest box-office draws of the nineties. He was also – if the many stories are true – an ego maniac and bully, so when he starred in and directed the unintentionally hilarious On Deadly Ground, nobody felt sorry it was his first bomb.

    Seagal struggled to regain his powers after that, but after taking a break for a few years, he scored an unexpected hit with Exit Wounds. The success of that was short lived; he put on a lot of weight for his next movie and was laughed off the screen by audiences.

    He then went to DVD hell, where he stars in basically the same movie again and again. The budgets might get smaller while his waist only gets bigger, but he still earns huge checks for them and occasionally reappears on the big screen, like his bad guy turn in Machete.

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    • He will always be my favorite actor. I really don’t care were he came from or the lies he told to get there because everyone tell lies in there life just because he gain weight people seem like they hate him now, well get over it. He has made his money in life now you need to get yours. Haters

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  52. 13 Planned Film Trilogies That Need To Be Completed

    http://whatculture.com/film/13-planned-film-trilogies-that-need-to-be-completed.php/5

    Under Siege 3

    If people cast their minds back to the mid-nineties they might remember Steven Seagal was a thing; his movies were huge, with the Under Siege movies being his most successful. Unfortunately, for him, he had the acting range of a clothes shop mannequin, and when his waist expanded to Marlon Brando proportions audiences stopped attending his movies.

    He spends most of his time now in interchangeable straight to DVD movies, dyeing his “hair” with some kind of tar or being best mates with Vladimir Putin. Now and again talk of a third Under Siege movie crops up, with rumors of a plot involving a blimp being hijacked or – amazingly – Seagal versus Aliens. The snag appears to be that just about everyone in Hollywood hates Seagal.

    Warner Bros. own the rights to the series, and they apparently have a terrible relationship with him. Despite the original movies being considered classics, and fans eager for a third part to happen, no producer seems brave enough to spend a prolonged amount of time with Seagal to make it happen.

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    • It’s “Die Hard on a battleship”

      http://www.avclub.com/article/its-die-hard-battleship-232459

      Under Siege (1992)

      In 1992, former martial arts instructor Steven Seagal was on track to be another Chuck Norris, spending his career grinding out simplistic, violent, modestly budgeted action pictures with interchangeable titles like Above The Law, Hard To Kill, Marked For Death, and Out For Justice. Then Seagal starred in Under Siege, and for one brief moment, he looked like an A-lister. Under Siege was no less formulaic than what had come before. The film’s “one capable rogue against a cadre of armed thugs” plot is, like so many other 1990s movies, an unapologetic Die Hard rip-off. But J.F. Lawton’s script, Andrew Davis’ direction, and—most importantly—the casting are all prime examples of how to bring some panache to the generic, and make leftovers tastier.

      Some of what makes Under Siege so consistently entertaining a quarter-century later is inadvertent. There’s a “very much of its time” quality woven into the plot, in ways that even Lawton couldn’t have anticipated. The movie opens with then-President George H.W. Bush presiding over a battleship’s decommissioning (and not cable news clips of the ceremony either, but actual film footage), and then proceeds to tell a story that feels like the last hurrah of the Reagan/Bush era. Set not long after Operation Desert Storm, Under Siege depicts the winding-down of America’s international military presence, and the actions of two angry hawks—an anarchic ex-CIA operative played by Tommy Lee Jones and an arrogant naval officer played by Gary Busey—who decide to take advantage of the new “softness” by hijacking the retiring U.S.S. Missouri and stealing its Tomahawk missiles.

      Jones and Busey compete with each other to see who can gobble up the most scenery, which contrasts well with Seagal, who does his usual steely shtick. As a rebellious former Navy SEAL turned “pain-in-the-ass cook,” Seagal’s Casey Ryback doesn’t say a whole lot, and instead slips stealthily though the ship, sabotaging bad guys and freeing other sailors. Davis and Lawton find a tone that acknowledges the ridiculousness of making a super-capable chef into the hero, while still indulging in all the amped-up, jargon-heavy standoffs that the genre demands. Under Siege is sincere, but not overly serious.

      Davis followed Under Siege with The Fugitive—again with Jones in a colorful supporting role, which won him an Oscar. After that, he settled into a fairly undistinguished career, helming forgettable action-adventure pictures like Chain Reaction, Collateral Damage, and The Guardian. Seagal, meanwhile, took advantage of his new clout to direct and star in the laughably self-important eco-thriller On Deadly Ground, which effectively marked the beginning of the end of his stint as a major Hollywood player. With Bush losing the presidency to Bill Clinton a month after Under Siege came out, American culture as a whole in the 1990s headed off in a different direction. All of that makes this movie today seem almost elegiac. Every time Jones and Seagal crack smiles as their characters match wits, they look like two veteran athletes, enjoying one last game.

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      • Under Siege (1992) – A Review

        http://haphazard-stuff.blogspot.com/2016/05/under-siege-1992-review.html

        We’re back in the era when Steven Seagal was a box office star. The influence of Die Hard was seeping onto every action movie coming out and the creation of a sub-genre of action imitators has taken hold. Die Hard-inspired stories of lone heroes fighting terrorists and saving hostages is becoming the norm and each new one is looking for a new setting and locale to have it take place in.

        Mix those ingredients up and we have ‘Die Hard on a battleship’ with Seagal being the hero to save the day. It’s Under Siege, which would become one of Seagal’s most popular and successful films.

        The deal is the U.S. Missouri is about to be decommissioned. The captain and crew are anticipating a very uneventful final voyage to dry dock, while a surprise birthday party for the Captain is being planned. Meanwhile, the ship’s cook Casey Rybeck (Seagal) is in his kitchen going about his duties.

        After the arrival of caterers, a band and a Playboy Playmate, the duplicitous Commander Krill (Gary Busey) shows his hand, begins killing the crew and locks them up. This group of terrorists led by William Strannix (Tommy Lee Jones) are threatening to launch some nuclear missiles and auction off the rest to the highest bidders. With the crew out of the way and Washington leaders unable to do anything, the situation seems hopeless.

        But wait! What about that cook! It turns out Rybeck is an ex-Navy Seal and he begins to disrupt the bad guys plans and starts killing them one-by-one. Hooray!

        One good thing about Under Siege is that it knows it’s a Die Hard ripoff and doesn’t try to be anything else. It hits all the notes that you would suspect it would and thanks to director Andrew Davis it moves at a good clip, has some well-staged action and showcases some over-the-top, delightful villains and it all ends up being an entertaining actioner.

        Seagal might be the most out of place element here. Yeah, he handles the action fine, but when it comes to acting…..it’s passable is the best I can describe it. Ever since first seeing this movie in theaters I’ve always been struck by certain moments and line readings by him that are so bad they’re unintentionally funny. There’s quite a few good parts like that.

        Seagal’s Rybeck is meant to be a bit more lighthearted and likable character than he had played in the past. But when they try to show him clowning around with his buddies in the kitchen it looks incredibly forced and artificial. I don’t buy it for a minute. That also goes for most of the required action one-liners he delivers. Where they’re meant to be humorous they’re more cringe-inducing thanks to Seagals monotone delivery of them.

        There’s one exchange that I always found hilarious. After Rybeck frees a handful of pals he looks at one, I guess he’s meant to be one of his closer buddies and he asks him dramatically, “Are you ok?”
        And the guy looks at Seagal and says, “Yeah. Are you ok?”
        And Seagal replies, “Yeah.”

        This exchange doesn’t read as goose-pimply embarrassing as how it comes off when it’s performed onscreen by Seagal and the actor. It’s so utterly ridiculous and awkward, it’s one of the moments of Seagal’s that I remember most from Under Siege – other than his action stuff.

        Granted, Seagal fans are not looking for him to give an award-worthy acting performance, but when he doesn’t have a gun in his hand he’s about as interesting as a dried up mop. His character of Rybeck is not as human or likable as say John McClane. There’s no appearance of vulnarbility or fear by the guy. He gets a band-aid placed on his back, but that’s about it. He’s all a very matter-of-fact hero who is just going to go around and kill the bad guys without much worry and we don’t have to be too concerned for his safety.

        Erica Elaniak shows up as a Playmate and is there to provide some eye-candy and to do a topless scene, which she’s successful with. A scene by the way that not surprisingly got a lot of attention by fans. So by those standards she played her role in this quite well.

        Seagull being partnered up with a Playmate is meant to create some funny interactions between the stern Rybeck and the buxom blonde. Eh. There’s a few fleeting moments, but again they’re really stiff.

        I always thought it was ludicrous how Seagal seems so aggravated with her for no knowing stuff. Like, how he sounds so condescending towards her as he teaches her about guns. She’s a Playmate dude! How is she supposed to know about this. Luckily, she becomes well versed in the art of shooting bad guys very quickly.

        If your’e looking for some fun characters and genuinely funny lines, the place you really want to be is on the bad guy side. What Seagal lacks with his acting is more than made up by Busey and Jones who look like they’re just having a ball chewing up script pages and doing any and all things they can to play their parts in the most animated humorous ways.

        As the Washington generals and big wigs at the Pentagon sit at their Dr. Stranglove giant table, Seagal goes about the battleship shooting the bad guys, giving them headaches and making Jones and Busey very angry. All of that is entertaining stuff. It’s all put together pretty well and looks like a nice big-screen action flick that doesn’t disappoint.

        Under Siege sure was a hit when it came out. I remember seeing it opening weekend and fans were pretty satisfied with it. Today it’s still considered by most Seagal fans if not his best movie, definitely towards the top.

        For me Seagal has never been a very charismatic actor. When he’s not punching, kicking or shooting he comes off extremely stiff. That’s just how I always feel about the guy. Like, when the climactic confrontation happens in the end and he’s talking to Jones I can’t help but shake my head the entire time. All this nonsense he says about, “we’re the same, we’re puppets” and all that….just get to the punching!

        But when he does get to do his action the battleship becomes a fun playground for him to showcase it on. Under Siege is really helped along by Jones and Busey and being overseen by Davis, who I think are the big reasons why the movie has become one of Seagal’s best.

        Oh, another one of my favorite lines Seagal gives is after being locked up in a freezer and the bad guys start shooting their guns. He tells his young novice guard, “Hey boy that’s gunfire. Now you let me out of here and I’ll take care of it.”

        I always laugh at that line too. No worries Mr. guard, Seagal will deal with that gunfire, just let him out of there.

        Maybe Seagal is a master of comedy in his own way.

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      • Episode 167 – Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

        http://www.whmpodcast.com/2014/07/episode-167-under-siege-2-dark-territory.html

        On this week’s episode, the gang rides the rails with Steven Seagal and Eric Bogosian in the train hijacking sequel, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory! Why do we need Seagal microwaving a cake? Did Bogosian have to do that Rod Serling impression? And is Seagal really getting foiled by a Newton and a clogged fax line? PLUS: We all better go talk to the Captain.

        Under Siege 2 stars Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Morris Chestnut, Peter Greene and Katherine Heigl; directed by Geoff Murphy.

        WHM Verdict: Recommend!

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  53. I’m sitting here watching Steven segal movies now I love spending my day off work watching his movies im a huge fan of Steven segal and I don’t care what is pass life was about I give all his movies thumb up he got my vote

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  54. My friend worked in film and word is that Steven Seagal is the biggest a**hole on set. Crew are regularly told not to make eye contact with him. He also mentioned that most of his lines are shot chest up with cue cards cause he’s too fat and doesn’t memorize lines. I guess a lot of shots are done with doubles.

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  55. 15 Movie Stars Who Peaked in the ’90s

    http://screenrant.com/best-movie-stars-peaked-in-the-90s/?view=all

    STEVEN SEAGAL

    Steven Seagal’s refusal (or inability) to change has kept him in the same cinematic space for thirty years. A pony-tailed judo master who graduated head of his class in cracking skulls, the former stunt consultant has pushed this shtick into everything from reality TV (Steven Seagal: Lawman) to terribly forgettable films (Maximum Conviction, A Good Man). Cornering the same direct-to-DVD market that punching peers Dolph Lundgren and Van Damme eventually exploited, Seagal has only succeeded in reminding us why his stuff is way past it’s expiration date.

    That being said, there was a time Seagal could sleepwalk through a fight scene and the studio would have a hit. Jumping off with Hard to Kill in 1990 and snapping across Out for Justice (1991), Under Siege (1992), On Deadly Ground (1994), and The Glimmer Man (1996), sub-par actor Seagal became an international phenomenon. Filling the void of a less enlightened Bruce Lee, his films were gloriously cheesy with silly story-lines at best. It was kitschy in execution, but the actor’s charismatic cutlery, while short lived, was too fun to pass up. Key word: was.

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  56. Steven Seagal on WatchMojo’s Top 10 Celebrities with Crazy Beliefs

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  57. These Celebrities Just Couldn’t Handle Being Roasted

    http://uproxx.com/tv/celebrity-roast-offended/

    Steven Seagal should have never been roasted

    Speaking of Ross… if you want a great roast story that reveals how much it means to some people to be on the scorching end of a joke, read Ross’ account of his hilarious Bea Arthur joke. Now, if you want the complete opposite of that, we go all the way back to the first time Ross performed at a roast. It was Steven Seagal’s roast in 1995, a roast for an actor who famously has a terrible knack for comedy. Ross introduced himself with the above joke and later revealed, “Steven Seagal just started scowling at me. But the audience was roaring with laughter and so I was like, this is definitely my thing, man, I love this.”

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  58. Why these famous actors haven’t had a hit movie in years

    http://www.looper.com/16769/famous-actors-havent-hit-movie-years/

    Steven Seagal

    You know it’s a bad sign when the four most popular movies on your IMDb page came out more than 20 years ago. But such is the life of action star Steven Seagal, whose career has been stuck in direct-to-video limbo since his early ’90s heyday. Like many action stars before and after him, Seagal spent much of his time in the spotlight starring in movies that, even at their best, were never regarded as anything more than mind-numbing diversions—and as he aged out of the action-hero demographic, neither studios nor audiences trusted him to carry a picture with his acting.

    Of course, Steven Seagal the Celebrity may have something to do with it, as well. He’s been targeted by a number of lawsuits over the years, some of which claimed he sexually harassed women. He’s also friends with Russian president Vladimir Putin, which…yeah. That about sums it all up.

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    • 15 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit

      http://whatculture.com/film/15-actors-who-desperately-need-a-hit?page=8

      Steven Seagal

      Steven Seagal has had just two theatrically-released movies since 2002, that year’s flop Half Past Dead, and 2010’s Machete, which was a surprise hit even if Seagal only had a fairly small villainous role.

      The Under Siege star is still churning out at least a couple of straight-to-video action films ever year, and though many may believe it’s simply too late for him to get his big-screen movie career back, never say never. Stranger things have happened.

      Sure, Seagal has bloated out over the last decade-or-so and typically employs the use of stunt doubles for even basic combat in his movies, but if he can put aside his beef with Expendables producer Avi Lerner, it’d be great to see him kicking a** alongside his fellow action legends in that hit franchise.

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      • 15 Actors Who Should Have Retired By Now

        http://screenrant.com/actors-should-retire-by-now-hollywood-movies/

        STEVEN SEAGAL

        Everyone’s favorite B-action movie meathead will probably never quit. Steven Seagal is a bonafide force of nature, taking every chance that comes his way to engage in cinematic buttkicking. Between his much publicized personal escapades and regular straight-to-DVD output, there’s no telling when Seagal is ever going to slow down, let alone retire. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have already.

        Seagal will probably have a devoted fanbase as long as he’s alive. His films cater to a thriving niche market, and he’s anchored in a brand that’s all his own. Had he retired from Hollywood earlier in his career, his martial-arts-meets-80s-gunplay persona might have avoided becoming self-parody. Plus, he’d have been able to focus his attention on that real-life Deputy Sheriff thing he’s always talking about.

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  59. Whatever Happened to Steven Seagal?

    http://www.looper.com/22997/whatever-happened-steven-seagal/

    The savviest movie stars give the people what they want. And in the late ’80s, the people wanted action movies in which drug dealers and international criminals get kicked and shot at by a sort-of-mystical, stone-faced martial arts expert with a ponytail–in other words, Steven Seagal. He ruled the box office for years with huge hits like Hard to Kill, Above the Law and Under Siege, but tastes change, and eventually, Seagal faded from movie star prominence. Here’s a look at what he’s been up to since receding from the spotlight.

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  60. Seagal will never appear in The Expendables franchise because he won’t be allowed to be the best at everything within the film, remember it is something that is always written into his films, and he always defeats his opponents with ease, even Machete where he was the bad guy and the film had been building Machete up as a badass, Seagal wipes the floor with him only for Machete to stick him with a cheap shot. But put him in a film with a gaggle of old action movie stars who all outclass him where he can’t be the best of them all? His bloated ego would never allow that.

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  61. Steven Seagal Makes His Bromance With Vladimir Putin Official, Becomes Russian Citizen

    http://uproxx.com/movies/steven-seagal-russia-citizen/

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  62. In recent years, following a string of controversies and regular critical drubbing, Steven Seagal’s fame has faded. At one point though, he was an action film icon, and a box office star. So what happened? What was the appeal of Steven Seagal?

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  63. The Untold Truth of Steven Seagal

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  64. Steven Seagal is not half Irish. His Mother is English, German and Dutch ancestry. His Father is Russian Jewish.

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  65. Putin’s pal Steven Seagal is banned from Ukraine for five years as he’s deemed a ‘national security threat’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4481950/Steven-Seagal-banned-Ukraine-security-threat.html

    Many suspect it is because of their relationship

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  66. I’ll tell you what happened to steven Seagal- he got tired of the constant exercising and Not being able eat what you want to and havinhaving to eat much less than you want to and having to constantly watch his weight. That’s what happened. Imagine being so rich and being able to buy any kind of expensive food all around the world But, instead not being able to for years and years just to accomadate hollywoods perception of having to be very fit, and having to constantly worry about what he eats. It’s too much pressure and staying hungry and exercising for 24/7 for years. He finally got tired of it and decided to eat whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and stopped doing the strenuous exercises and instead took comfortable easy exercise instead, like maybe light walking. And once he started gaining the weight he probably said it’s just a little weight, and then actually months later told himself now I gained way too much weight but, it’s a little too much weight gained and it would be incredibly hard to go back to making his body “near perfect” again. Then, he said it’s too late it’s just too much to lose, just forget it, life is too short-Just go ahead and eat whatever you want.
    What happened to steven Seagal is what happened and happens to many women every day after they gain so much weight after their pregnancy. That’s what happened! Give the guy a break! Let him to enjoy his life! He had enough of his own share if dieting and exercising for years. Bottom line just don’t be so shallow!

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    • 15 Famous Actors Who REALLY Aren’t Aging Well

      http://screenrant.com/celebrities-actors-not-aging-well-look-old/

      STEVEN SEAGAL

      In his prime, Steven Seagal was a one-man force of nature in Hollywood, kicking ass and taking names in ’90s action thrillers like Hard To Kill and Under Siege. Only Jean-Claude Van Damme could rival him in the action movie stakes at the time. But as the decade went on and box office interest in the pair began to wane, the pair took to direct-to-video releases and increasingly contrasting appearances.

      Van Damme, for all his troubles with drugs, booze, and women, stayed in great shape and remains very much the Muscles from Brussels he was once dubbed. Seagal, by contrast, piled on the pounds to such an extent that he’s a shadow of his former self. Not only does it look like he’s not trying in his new movies anymore, it looks like he couldn’t even do it if he did try.

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  67. By the way that’s the exact same thing that happened to his ex-wife Kelly Lebrock who gained a lot of weight. And was done with dieting!


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    • Steven Seagal Speaks on Russia, NFL ‘Venues Held Hostage to Force Political Views’

      https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/steven-seagal-speaks-on-russia-nfl-venues-held-hostage-to-force-political-views.1267188/#post-32612093

      His ex wife, Kelly Lebrock is on some reality show.

      She HATES whenever someone says his name.

      Evidently this guy has been a scumbag for decades.

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      • Steven Seagal Declares The NFL Anthem Protests To Be ‘Disgusting,’ And The Internet Pounces On Him

        http://uproxx.com/webculture/steven-seagal-nfl-anthem-protest-reactions/

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        • Why the f*** are we still listening to Steven Seagal?

          https://www.avclub.com/why-the-fuck-are-we-still-listening-to-steven-seagal-1818843791

          In a charitable attempt to put Piers Morgan’s commentary in perspective, today’s Good Morning Britain welcomed straight-to-DVD human Steven Seagal, looking to get some expert thoughts on the controversy surrounding the ongoing protests in the NFL from a man shaped like a football. The goatee-smudged Seagal—who these days actually looks more like Jim Belushi trying to “lay low” in China—appeared in his now-standard uniform of Mandarin-style shirt, dangerously overtaxed glasses, and hair dipped in souvenir oil from On Deadly Ground, where he set about decrying various things as un-American in front of the Moscow skyline the Russian citizen now calls home. It was more unflinching, uncompromising tough talk from the guy who sometimes gets paid to deliver it to some Bulgarian extra, and it all raised some important questions. Namely, why the f*** are we listening to Steven Seagal again?

          “I believe in free speech, I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views,” Seagal imposed his political view of this, the worst hostage situation since that one he stopped on a boat or whatever in 1992, which somehow sentenced us to 25 years of geopolitical analysis from a guy who has lied about working for the CIA and fighting the Yakuza, proclaimed himself one of the world’s “foremost experts on swords” and a reincarnated 17th-century Tibetan monk, and—and we simply cannot state this enough—obviously, obviously wrote his own IMDB bio.

          The warrior for free speech, BUT… continued: “I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting. I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage,” added Seagal, presumably referring to the many other times he put his life on the line against America’s enemies, which have, indeed, numbered in the dozens, according to your father-in-law’s DVD collection. Or maybe Seagal is talking about his work as a reserve deputy sheriff on his reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman, where he proudly served alongside Joe Arpaio in protecting the American flag from Mexicans and puppies. How dare these NFL players protesting police brutality take a knee, when Steven Seagal worked side by side with some of the worst perpetrators of that police brutality to bolster his own massive, America-sized ego?

          Regardless, the man who has for years courted Vladimir Putin with the same romantic tenacity that’s seen him slapped with several sexual harassment allegations, wheedled his way into becoming the off-putting face of Russia’s weapons industry, and, finally, been granted Russian citizenship after “asking quite insistently and over a lengthy period”—that Steven Seagal, the one who up and decamped the U.S. for Russia like the productions of so many of his shy movies, he still has thoughts about what does and doesn’t constitute American patriotism, and somehow we are still indulgently listening to them, like a prostitute trapped inside Seagal’s dojo while he ds around on blues guitar.

          To Piers Morgan’s base-level credit, after Seagal rambled on about the “ton of enemies within,” and “leftover Obama-ites,” and other assorted people with “this other agenda” attempting to overthrow American democracy, Morgan asked Seagal how he could square those red-blooded patriotic views with his loyalty to Putin. Especially with regards to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and especially while Seagal sat there in Moscow looking like the poorly rendered villain from a Tom Clancy CD-ROM shooter.

          “Let’s be really honest, Piers,” Seagal said, rubbing his nose with patriotic fervor. “Every country is involved in espionage… However, for anyone to think that Vlad-ee-meer Poo-tin had, uhhhhh, anything to do with fixing the elections or even that the Russians had that kind of technology is, uh, uh, stupid. And uh, we have a situation where really all of this is happening from, in my opinion, astronomical propaganda, and this kind of propaganda is really a diversion from, you know, creating a diversion so that the people of the United States of America won’t really see what’s happening.”

          Speaking of cheap political diversions from the sad reality of things, the interview wrapped up with Morgan asking about Seagal’s latest movie, about which even Seagal himself seemed caught off guard that anyone would actually be interested. It’s called Attrition, by the by, it stars Seagal as a guy named “Axe” who’s out to rescue a “Thai girl with mythical powers,” and Steven Seagal is a viable voice opining on the most important matters of the day. Life continues to be a sickbed basic-cable fever dream.

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        • ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER 09/27 #9

          https://goo.gl/tEh9Cs

          This former A+ list mostly movie star lives where he lives b/c he likes raping pre-teen/early teen girls. He calls it mentoring. Steven Seagal (Russia)

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  68. Steven Seagal calls NFL protests ‘disgusting’ in satellite interview from Russia

    http://www.nickiswift.com/87961/steven-seagal-slams-nfl-protesters-moscow/

    The former movie star isn’t happy with how he feels the NFL is treating America, and he wanted to tell everyone… from his chair in Moscow, Russia.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, Steven Seagal appeared on Good Morning Britain via a satellite feed from Russia, where he was granted citizenship back in 2016 (via TMZ). “I believe in free speech. I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” the 65-year-old said when discussing the National Football League’s peaceful protests at recent football games. “But I don’t agree they should hold the United States of America and the world hostage by picking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views.”

    Interesting opinion, given that Russia’s been accused of meddling in the United States’ 2016 presidential election process.

    “I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting,” Seagal continued. “I respect the American flag and I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage.”

    Once again, let us remind you… he’s speaking directly from Russia—a country that’s been suspected of rigging the election for President Donald Trump.

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  69. Rae Dawn Chong recounts being pimped by agents to Steven Seagal

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/rae-dawn-chong-recounts-being-pimped-by-agents-to-steven-seagal.1290917/

    Rae Dawn Chong on Why Harvey Weinstein Scandal Is Only ‘Tip of an Ugly Iceberg’ (Guest Blog)

    My friend Rae Dawn Chong, who starred in several Hollywood studio pictures in the 1980s like “Quest for Fire” and “Commando,” claims the now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “is only the tip of an ugly iceberg” regarding the industry’s treatment of women.

    Chong, who used to be represented by one of the most powerful agencies in town, CAA, recalled that she was once sent to an evening meeting with then-movie star Steven Seagal in the 1980s.

    “9:30 p.m. at the Bel Air hotel — I was shocked at the time,” she said, but the agency excused the late hour and location, and when Chong arrived at the front desk she was told to go to his room.

    “I knew then that I was being pimped by the agency,” she said.

    Although she refused to enter Seagal’s hotel room, she knocked on the door to confirm that she had made the appointment, only to have Seagal answer in his bathrobe.

    “I stood outside the open door mortified that I was told to go to this meeting,” she said. “My heart broke because my agency had obviously pimped me out to this creep.”

    Seagal opened the door, she said, and the actor “walked across his room and sat in a chair and manspread so I could see his junk. But he casually covered back up as if it was a mistake.”

    After she declined his invitation to enter the room, Chong said, “then he asked if my blouse was silk and could he feel it. I said, ‘You know what silk feels like’ and I left.”

    “I never let him touch me,” she said. “And to be honest…I would have f—ing killed him.”

    She said that she went home and cried “because I realized the agency did not care about me. I left them, hurt and betrayed. Of course I struggled for work after that, and I was angry at them for lying and betraying my trust.”

    Reps for Seagal and CAA did not respond to my request for comment.

    What’s worse is that it didn’t end there, Chong said. “For years Steven Seagal would leave sex messages on my message machine. I had never met him before that night and never spoke to him again but for some reason he decided he could do this,” she said. “What burned me most was the agents. They got away with this and I was burned by them. I could not tell on them — who would I tell?”

    Chong is now the third woman to accuse Seagal of misconduct after actresses Lisa Guerrero and Jenny McCarthy told their stories to the L.A. Times on Monday.

    Chong’s saga has been echoed by the litany of statements coming from the British, French, Italian and American actresses who worked with, or wanted to work with Weinstein. Hundreds of other women have come out of the woodwork, speaking openly now about what they have endured to get work in Hollywood. Other producers, directors and movie stars are being accused of sexual aggression and abuse of power.

    Every man should be alarmed by these stories of sexual predators, and look inward. What we don’t yet know is how the Weinstein scandal is likely to play out. Will it be a watershed moment in the patriarchy, changing the way men behave across industries and western nations? Or will it eventually blow over — the way a similar scandal exposing Donald Trump as a sexual predator during last year’s presidential campaign quickly evaporated, leading to his siege of the White House?

    My wife, the author Sheana Ochoa, calls me naïve when I express optimism that this time, the shock waves are too great and that the culture will have to evolve. She writes in a column in the London Economic that “this story will fizzle out. It will soon be replaced by something else to enrage, scare, and stir us up. Meanwhile, nothing will have changed.”

    We can only hope she’s wrong.

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    • Say it aint so…Sensei Steven Seagal likes underaged black girls and prostitutes?

      https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/say-it-aint-so-sensei-steven-seagal-likes-underaged-black-girls-and-prostitutes.412881/

      This is sad….

      HSK Exclusive – Steven Seagal has a penchant for young girls. So it should be no surprise that when Raffles was know to associate with Seagal, Raffles supplied the D-list actor with just that. Don’t believe me.. Ask Chaka.

      Here’s what was revealed to me:

      “Raffles steals from everybody, but nobody reports it because he blackmails them. George Benson only spoke out because Raffles didn’t have any dirt on him.

      Raffles stole a lot of money from Steven Seagal, but Steven won’t report it to the police because Raffles will tell police that Steven has sex with underage girls.”

      This makes sense to me. Know why? Because last year this street pimp named Chaka was looking to sell me a story about Steven Seagal and prostitutes. That’s when Chaka told me Star magazine wasn’t paying what he wanted, asking if I wanted to pay for the story. I didn’t, but if Chaka would have told me the prostitutes were underage homeless girls I would have reported him to authorities. Don’t you agree?
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      HSK Exclusive – We’re learning more information about the former William Morris agent, previously exposed by HSK as a prostitute wrangler for Steven Seagal. Now, a source reveals not only is Chaka Hayes a person who gets hookers addicted to drugs in order to gain control over them, but he also takes their money promising to marry them for their green card.

      You may remember we first told you about Chaka Hayes months ago, after an insider told of his underworld business dealings with actor Steven Seagal. It’s a shocking tale of prostitution, drugs and dirty money. One that we found out involves a time when one of the working girls Chaka brought to Seagal for sex, played out like some sort of scene from a horror flick. That’s because we’re told Chaka remained in the actor’s home while the girl he escorted there accompanied Seagal into his bedroom. This before we’re told the female’s frantic screaming prompted Chaka to storm into the room, only to find the naked girl lying across an alter while Seagal stood over her. That’s when she reportedly ran out of the room after seeing the escape opportunity through the door Chaka forced open.

      Here’s what we know about the one time William Morris agent. Not surprisingly, William Morris fired him after they discovered he lacked proper licensing requirements. Chaka is now broke, undertaking a ‘by any means necessary’ motto to stay afloat. He illegally married Ella Furmane in Vegas last month. This after she paid him to do so, in hopes of landing a green card. That’s before we’re told he once lived with a known crack addict – a druggie who sources say once slept rapper Tyga. He remains estranged from his family, who we’re told distanced themselves from him years ago.

      Here’s the drop on Chaka Hayes, of lX09 N. XoXXXndXX, #407, Hollywood, CA 900XX. Phone: 3XX-528-6XX5:

      “Chaka told me he was going to marry some chick for money so she can get her Green Card. I betcha any amount of money Chaka took this girls money, married her and told her he needs more money to continue the scam.

      He gets hookers and drugs for Steven Seagal. I have proof on paper showing Chaka was Steven Seagal’s liaison. “
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      HSK Exclusive – Chaka Hayes is a name that’s creating a lot of buzz lately. That’s because HSK has exclusively learned not only does the female talent scout wrangle prostitutes for Seven Seagal, but he also helps to serve up sex and drugs to Wesley Snipes too.

      Here’s what the streets of L.A. are saying about wrangler for the stars, Chaka Hayes:

      “Jacky, you gotta get Chaka off the streets, dude is running around with underage girls.

      He has a European friend who comes to Los Angeles three times a month just to
      have sex with underage girls at the Mondrain Hotel. Chaka calls himself a modern day pimp, he serves chics to Steven Seagal and other perverts, like Brandon Davis. Wesley Snipes was his client too.

      Chaka preys on girls at the Florentine Gardens nightclub, he tells them he’s a director. He also runs an ad on BackPage and Craigslist, on Facebook he goes by Golden Child International.

      Chaka needs to head to LAX and jump on a plane back to Heathrow Airport.”
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      Another woman has surfaced with sexual allegations against Steven Seagal.

      Granddaughter to the legendary Ray Charles, Blair Robinson claims the incident happened at Ray Charles’ 2004 funeral. That’s when Robinson says she met Seagal. Apparently, Seagal later invited both her and her father Ray Charles Jr. to his home to “talk about Blair getting into acting.”

      A month later, Blair says Seagal hired her as his assistant. She says she ended up quitting after just her first day on the job. Know why? Because she says Seagal demanded massages from her, mane. More specifically, Blair says Seagal entered her room and volunteered to massage her so that she would know exactly how to give him a proper massage. The grand daughter to the late Ray Charles says because Seagal wanted sexual favors as a part of her job duties, she was forced to quit.

      Steven Seagal has proven himself to be nothing more than a common sexual predator. While at Ray Charles’ funeral he obviously saw Ray’s grand daughter, and said to himself “Hmmm I can work with that”…Steven is such a smooth operator he even invited Blair’s dad to accompany his daughter to his house…That’s a playa move!!! To sum it all up, things are not looking to good for the actor/police officer. He’s also has this Kayden Nguyen chic accusing him of sexual allegations, and now his ex-wife Kelly LeBrock is writing a tell-all book about him and his abusive ways.

      Steven’s job as a police officer is to serve and protect, but with all these sexual allegations dude needs to keep his pee pee in check. Don’t you agree?
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      Disgusting azzhole. Renee Elise Goldsberry worked with him on film. I remember her saying that they asked her if she wanted to retake a kissing scene with him. She was like nope I’m good. I hope he didn’t try anything with her.

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  70. EXCLUSIVE: Actor Steven Seagal, the target of new sex assault allegations, is heard calling female reporters ‘a bunch of fing dirty w****s and ‘csuckers’ in an explosive audio recording obtained by DailyMailTV

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5002416/Steven-Seagal-calls-female-reporters-f-ing-dirty-w-s.html

    In an audio recording obtained exclusively by DailyMailTV, Steven Seagal, 65, is heard telling a male interviewer that female reporters have given him a ‘hard time’ and calls them a ‘ bunch of fing dirty w****s.’ He is heard referring to one female journalist as a ‘dumb ct that is a liar and wanted to be sensational,’ and says: ‘I think she belongs in a zoo.’ The footage has surfaced days after TV journalist Lisa Guerrero (insert left) and actress Rae Dawn Chong accused the actor of sexual harassment. Jenny McCarthy (insert right) accused him in 1998 and Kathryn Heigl (main above) told Jimmy Kimmel she ‘blocked’ an awkward photo where Seagal had his hand on her chest when she was 16.

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  71. At trial, Michael Ovitz intends to blame Steven Seagal for threatening journalist http://thr.cm/MiiNcL

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  72. Julianna Margulies: Steven Seagal, Weinstein tried to lure me to hotel rooms

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/julianna-margulies-steven-seagal-weinstein-tried-to-lure-me-to-hotel-rooms.1308027/

    Actress Julianna Margulies has revealed both Steven Seagal and Harvey Weinstein tried to lure her to their hotel rooms.

    “When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, ‘Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o’clock at night.’ e2 I got to the hotel at 10:40, and she wasn’t there. And he was. Alone. And he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed … I never was raped. And I never was harmed. And I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room … I sorta screamed my way out,” she told Jenny Hutt’s SiriusXM show “Just Jenny.”

    Because of her experience with Seagal, Margulies later refused to meet Weinstein in his hotel room unless the female assistant came up with her.

    “He opened the door, in a bathrobe. I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at her, daggers … And he looked at me, furious … And he slammed the door. And, of course, I didn’t get the part.”

    She added in both cases, “These women were leading me to the lion’s den.”

    Margulies is now helping Erin Merryn pass Erin’s Law to protect children against sexual abuse.

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  73. Portia de Rossi says Steven Seagal unzipped his pants during audition http://huffp.st/HfpGHoD

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  74. Jenny McCarthy Details Alleged Casting Couch Experience with Steven Seagal: ‘It Just So Grossed Me Out’

    https://t.co/zl15f0DNwb

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  75. Eva LaRue Alleges Steven Seagal Sexually Harassed Her

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/eva-larue-alleges-steven-seagal-sexually-harassed-her.1316708/

    Another actress has come forward with allegations that actor Steven Seagal sexually harassed her. Eva LaRue, who starred on CSI: Miami for eight seasons and on All My Children for nine, told Deadline that Seagal locked her in a room during an audition at his home in 1990 and then opened his kimono, standing before her with nothing else on but his underpants.

    LaRue was 22 when she got a call from her agent, saying that he’d set up an audition for her at Seagal’s house. “Even at 22, I knew better than to go to an audition at somebody’s house,” she said. “But my agent assured me that the reason it was at his house was because they hadn’t secured their studio offices yet.”

    “Don’t worry,” her agent told her, “there will be two producers there and the casting director. It’s totally on the up and up.”

    “So I went, against my better judgment,” she recalled, “and sure enough, there were two other guys and some woman who was supposed to be the casting director. And there we were, sitting in his living room, talking about the character I was going to play and the story plot and what they’re looking for – the usual audition chitchat. But I didn’t have the sides. It was a meeting but not a reading. And then the casting director said, ‘I think she’s perfect for the role.’”

    Now, all these years later, LaRue said that she doesn’t think there was a role, or even a movie – that it was all just a setup.

    Seagal, dressed in a kimono, got up and told her to follow him to get the script. “I don’t know why we don’t have the script in the living room where we were meeting,” she said, “but I said, ‘OK,’ and I follow him, thinking we’re going to his office. We go down the hallway to this room, which is like an office and guest room kind of thing. And he says, ‘Have a seat on the couch.’ It was like a literal casting couch. And as I was walking towards the couch, with my back towards the door, he’s busy closing and locking the doors behind my back. I go to sit on the couch, and he comes towards me and he’s opening his weirdo kimono. There’s no script or anything. Just him standing there with his kimono open. He had underwear on, thank God, and he was bare everywhere else. And it was clear he was not just getting cozy.”

    Jumping up from the couch, LaRue moved quickly to the door, making excuses to get out of there. “I wish I could stay, but I can’t,” she told him. “I have another meeting right after this.”

    “No, no, sit down,” he said.

    She kept moving to the door but found that he’d locked it from the inside. “I don’t know what’s happening,” she recalled. “I’m fumbling with the lock and he says, ‘No, no, come back. You’ve got to stay. Come sit on the couch and have a drink with me.’”

    “I’d love to, but I have to go,” LaRue told him. “Send the script to my agent. I’ll read it, but I gotta go.” She said he never touched her, but the encounter was unnerving all the same. And as she made a “beeline” through the house and out the front door, she wondered: “Why am I even being nice to this guy? What is it about us women in general that it’s somehow beaten into our brains not to hurt somebody’s feelings even if they are about to horribly hurt ours.”

    Once she got home, she called her agent and told him what happened.
    “All these agents back then knew what was going on for ages. Thanks for not telling us. Everybody knew but us actors. But nobody followed up or anything,” LaRue told Deadline.

    “Most of us have had to dodge these bullets our entire careers,” LaRue said. “It was part of being a woman in the industry. It’s like wearing pumps: It’s painful, but we gotta wear pumps.”

    And it’s not like these are untold stories, she said. “I told this story a thousand times, and finally it matters, I’m not ‘suddenly’ coming forward. All these women who have accused Harvey Weinstein aren’t ‘suddenly’ coming forward. These are not new stories that girls are ‘suddenly’ coming out with. These are stories we’ve been telling at dinner parties, and to our friends, our family members, our agents and our fellow actors for years. But nobody cared until now, and now people are ‘suddenly’ coming forward.”

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