The transcript below is from the video “Joe Rogan Reviews Above the Law Martial Arts Scene” by JRE Clips.

Joe Rogan:

“I had a conversation once when I was, uh, just starting to get into acting, um, I had, uh, I think maybe I’d just been cast in the news radio and I got brought maybe not even, I’ve been brought in to meet with these producers, because they knew I had a martial arts background. They wanted to talk about me doing a martial arts movie and the interview did not go very well. Because, because they were talking about, um, things in movies, like all these wild scenes and, and they were asking me what I like. And I go, ‘Well, I like things that are realistic. I want, I want to see something that I know would work.’ Like if, if a guy, you know, jumps up and split kicks two people and, [Steve laughs] and knocks him across the room, like that doesn’t, I don’t, I go, I want to see like realistic scenarios where, where a person who knows martial arts can go, ‘Oh, that, that’s pretty badass.’ Like, like Chuck Norris, give him all the s**t you want, but there’s a lot of Chuck Norris movies we had like real realistic fight scenes.”

Steve Rinella:

“Yeah.”

Joe Rogan:

“Like, um, what was the, the cop movie Chuck Norris did?”

Steve Rinella:

“Lone wolf McQuade?”

Joe Rogan:

“No, no, that was the one where he fought, uh, David Carradine. There was a…”

Steve Rinella:

“Is that who he fights there?”

Joe Rogan:

“Yeah. He never…”

Steve Rinella:

“Like no matter like they, they killed his dog and then he got pissed. [Joe Laughs] That was pushing it too far.”

Joe Rogan:

“There was one movie with it where Chuck Norris did, oh, god, it’s not the ‘Thin Blue Line’, is it? What is it? ‘Code of Silence’! That’s right. That was a movie where it was a real movie, like it wasn’t, it wasn’t just like a karate movie. It was like a real movie. It was a good, it was like, what critically occurred was probably 1980 as well, like what year was that movie?”

Steve Rinella:

“Here he’s in a bar next to this…speaks to you jokes. He’s by a pool table getting ready to karate fight. [Laughs]”

Joe Rogan:

“85? Yeah. I was…”

Steve Rinella:

“It’s got everything you like. [Laughs]”

Joe Rogan:

“It wasn’t too outrageous. It was like he was really fighting, like it made, it made sense. Like you could see that happening. And maybe that’s not the best example. You know who’s a good example, as weird as it sounds? Steven Seagal’s early movie, ‘Above the Law’. And a lot of people hate saying that. I f**king loved ‘Above the Law’, that Steven Seagal movie. When he f**ked people up in a bar, like you believed it.”

Steve Rinella:

“Yeah.”

Joe Rogan:

“I’m like, he’s not doing jumping spinning wheel kicks or anything like that. He’s cracking people over the head with pool cues and breaking their arms. It’s like that, all that stuff, like, okay. I buy that. I buy that.”

Steve Rinella:

“I would someday like you to do a, um, live, like an analysis, a sort of director’s cut style analysis of the fight scene at the end of ‘Cannonball Run’. [Both Laugh]”

Joe Rogan:

“This is Steven Seagal walking in. Dude, this was back when he was lean.”

Steve Rinella:

“I met him and, uh, I met him in a catfish joint in Oxford, Mississippi.”

Joe Rogan:

“A catfish place?”

Steve Rinella:

“Yeah. He’s there getting fried catfish.”

Joe Rogan:

“Really?”

Steve Rinella:

“Oh yeah.”

Joe Rogan:

“Do you remember when he was a real cop on a television show? People got mouthy with him in this movie and it’s not a good move. Bang! Starts f**king people up. See that. Look at that elbow, that upward elbow, 100% legit. 100% real move that you see in muay thai all the time. That’s real. That, Kevin Ross could be doing that right now. Right there, BAM! That’s 100% legit. Knee to the face. All, all legit. That stuff makes sense. Look, this guy’s gonna swing, BOOM! All this s**t. This is real. This is, this is Steven Seagal at his best. These are like legit believable fight scenes.”

Steve Rinella:

“Oh, now he’s gonna get…”

Joe Rogan:

“But watch this. Even the way like…”

Steve Rinella:

“Why is it…?”

Joe Rogan:

“Steven Seagal, people talk a lot of s**t about him, but Steven Seagal was a legit aikido master. Like he was one of the first, if not THE first American to teach, uh, at a dojo in Japan. He taught aikido. He was 100% legit.”

Steve Rinella:

“When I met him, he was wearing some kind of robe.”

Joe Rogan:

“[Laughs] He lost the script somewhere along the line, [Steve Laughs] but back then during this movie man, I f**king loved that guy. And I remember bringing him up in the meeting. And I’m, and I’m bringing this scene up. I’m like, that’s, that’s what I want to see. I don’t want to see s**t that I know won’t work.”

Steve Rinella:

“And they weren’t into it.”

Joe Rogan:

“And they were like, people don’t know that. I go, but I know that. And he says, yeah, but how many people are you, are like you were out there? You know, I go, but that movie’s a successful movie. And the guy got upset at me.”

Steve Rinella:

“Yeah.”

Joe Rogan:

“He just didn’t want to hear me criticizing his perspective on something that I wasn’t an actual expert in.”

Steve Rinella:

“Has GQ asked you to do one of those breakdowns? Would you?”

Joe Rogan:

“What? Of a karate scene in a movie?”

Steve Rinella:

“Well, no. They, like I’ve done the breakdown where you watch all the hunting scenes.”

Joe Rogan:

“Oh, have you done that?”

Steve Rinella:

“Yeah, yeah. It’s fun.”

Joe Rogan:

“I’d probably do that without GQ. I don’t want them in the, in the mix.”

Steve Rinella:

“You don’t need them in there.”

Joe Rogan:

“Why would I want, why would I want anybody else in there? Then you have a producer. Then you have a big organization behind you. When you can just do it here.”

Outro by Joe Rogan:

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