The transcript below is from the video “Stephen Tobolowsky on working with Steven Seagal” by Cut.

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author): 

“Stephen is a big man.  He is a big man and an imposing man.  He looks very strong, very tall.  He was a thing of huge appetites.  Everything he did, he did with an enormous amount of passion.”

Steven Seagal (American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician): 

“Yeah, I want to see and now I have everything.”

(Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man) 

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author):

“I just think it had conflicting results.”

Stephen Tobolowsky on working with Steven Seagal:

“I was cast in the film The Glimmer Man, which starred Steven Seagal and Keenen Ivory Wayans.  I was working the first day of the movie, first day and John Gray, the director comes in to my trailer and says, “So how’s everything going?”  I go, “Oh, fine John, fine.  We’re having a problem.”  I go, “What’s wrong?”  He says, “Well, Steven Seagal has had a spiritual sort of crisis and sort of a spiritual awakening.  He decided that he doesn’t want to kill people anymore in movies.”

Steven Seagal (American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician):

“I can’t fight man.”

(Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

“What do you mean you can’t fight?  It’s a fine time to tell me now.”

(Keenen Ivory Wayans – Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man)

 Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author):

“Warner Brothers is very upset.  They say, “Steven, I understand what you’re doing but you dance with who brung you.  You kill people really good and in this movie, you have to kill people,” and he doesn’t want to do it.  The problem is in the scene I was playing a serial killer and the whole scene is about him killing me.  So John says, “Steven Seagal is going to try to convince you not to kill you in this scene.  Don’t get into a conversation with him.  Whatever you do, don’t talk to him.  He has to kill you.”

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author):

“I mean it’s the first day of shooting.  This is very difficult for all films and actors.  You know they want to see good footage the first day.  I said, “Well, I’ll steer clear of Steven.”  So we got called to the set and that was the first time I met Steven on the set.  He came up to me and he had that cool persona that, “So uh, what do you think about this scene?”  And I say, “Well Steven, it’s a pretty hard hitting scene.”

In this scene, by the way, I play a serial killer and I grab a priest and I threaten to blow his head off, and then Steven comes in and ends up murdering me.  So I said, “Steven, it’s a pretty intense scene.”  He says, “I think it would probably be better if I don’t kill you.”  I said, “I hear you,” and Steven says, “I think it’s just bad that we keep putting this violence into the world.  I mean we’re creating a sicker and sicker society by putting this kind of thing out into the world.”

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author):

I said, “I understand that Steven, but this case may be an exception.  I’m looking at my life as a serial killer and I feel I’m trapped in this broken soul that I’ve inhabited.  It would really help me in terms of my reincarnation development, if you could kill me.  Then I would be able to leave this body and actually transcend into a better life, into a better body.  You would actually be helping me.”

“So I would be giving you a helping hand?”  I said, “Oh, you’d be giving everybody a helping hand.  You’d be removing evil from the world.  You’d be giving me a new chance at life, in a new body, sometime in the near future.”  “I never thought of it that way… ah, alright.  I’ll kill you in this scene.”  “I can’t.  You don’t understand.  Go ahead and kill me.  Kill me!  I dare you!  Kill me!!”

“Do it now or I will kill you!!  You believe it?  One…”

(Steven Tobolowsky – Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

Steven Seagal (American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician):

“This is God’s house.”

(Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man) 

“Two!”

(Steven Tobolowsky – Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

Steven Seagal:

(American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician)

“Don’t make me do this.”

(Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

“Please.”

(Steven Tobolowsky – Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

Steven Seagal (American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician)

“Don’t!”

(Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man):

“Three!!!”

(Steven Tobolowsky – Scene from the movie The Glimmer Man)

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor, writer/author):

“And then, I fall out of frame.  Two months later, I get a phone call from John saying, “We have a problem.  Steven started ad libbing and the rest of the film how he’s glad he didn’t kill the guy in the church.  Is there some way you could come back in and in ADR, make it seem like you’re not dead?”  So, I go back in and I’m going to loop a scene and Keenen Ivory Wayans is standing next to me.  He’s watching what I have to loop.”

“So this is what they have.  They have me backing up to camera, Steven pulling up a gun, firing.  My entire chest explodes, like my heart explodes, like blood flies out at the camera!  I fall out of frame and smoke rises into the thing and Steven Seagal walks into the shot and John Gray whispers, “Now right now, if you could say something to make it sound like you’re still alive.”  I said, “Say something to make it sound like I’m still alive?!  Like, it’s just a flesh wound.”

“I mean it was like an Austin Powers moment.  “I’m still alive although I’m very, very badly burned.”  I ended up shouting up, “Finish me off, you son of a bitch!  Come on!  Don’t leave me like this.  Kill me.”  It was horrible.  Keenen Ivory Wayans just looked at me and said, “Man, now we are in the realm of high comedy,” and he walked off.  In the end, I think they just left it to where Steven killed me.  I think they cut out all of my extraneous lines.”            




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