In 1992, Steven Seagal starred in Under Siege, an action flick that grossed over $150 million worldwide. Eleven years later, he starred in The Foreigner, a movie with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Basically, this guy has come a long way—down—since the 1990s. But in addition to his messy movie career, Seagal has been involved in a long string of weird incidents both behind the scenes and off the set entirely. While his career is often derided by critics, there’s no denying Seagal lives one wild life…

The transcript below is from the video “The Untold Truth Of Steven Seagal” by Grunge.

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more): 

“In 1992, Steven Seagal starred in Under Siege, an action flick that grossed over $150 million worldwide.  Eleven years later, he starred in The Foreigner, a movie with a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Basically, this guy has come a long way down since the 1990s.  But in addition to his messy movie career, Seagal has been involved in a long string of weird incidents both behind the scenes and off the set entirely.

While his career is often derided by critics, there’s no denying Segal lives one wild life.  Steve, the on-set diva.  According to multiple actors, Steven Seagal is an incredibly difficult co-worker.  John Leguizamo found out the hard way.  While in rehearsals for Executive Decision, Leguizamo laughed at something Seagal had said, so Steven responded with an executive decision of his own.”

John Leguizamo (American actor, voice artist, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter): 

“And he came up and he Tae Kwon Do-ed my ass against a brick wall.  He went, “Pu-sh!  He’s six foot five and caught me off guard and knocked all the air out of me.  I was like, “Ahh…”

Interviewer: 

“Right.”

John Leguizamo (American actor, voice artist, stand-up comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter):

“Why?   Why?”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

“Then there’s The Glimmer Man, where the script calls for Seagal’s character to kill a serial murderer, played by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky.”

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor): 

“Am I right, or am I right, or am I right, right, right, right?”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more): 

“Seagal decided he didn’t want to kill so many people in movies anymore, and even tried convincing Tobolowsky that his serial killer character should live.  The scene was eventually filmed as-written, and Tobolowsky’s murderer met his maker.”

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor):

“My entire chest explodes, like my heart explodes.  Like blood flies out of the camera and I fall out of frame, and smoke rises.”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

“Of course, as filming progressed, Seagal improvised lines about how he sure was glad he didn’t kill that guy in the church.  The film’s director called Tobolowsky in to record some extra dialogue to make it seem like his character’s on-screen death was a little less permanent.  What’d he settle on?”

Stephen Tobolowsky (American actor):

“I ended up shouting out, “Finish me off you son of a bitch!  Come on!  Don’t leave me like this!  Kill me!”

Breaking Bond: 

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more): 

“Steven Seagal has done quite a bit of fight choreography.  According to IMDb, most of the films he’s choreographed are his own, but in the early 80s, Seagal worked on the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, having been brought onboard to teach Sean Connery some Aikido.  Meanwhile, Connery was already well-versed in karate, having been awarded an honorary third-degree black belt while preparing for 1967’s You Only Live Twice.  Connery explained what went down when the pair worked together in an interview on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show in 1996.”

Sean Connery (Retired Scottish actor and producer): 

“I got a little cocky because I thought I knew what I was doing.  Because you know the principle is it’s defense, so it’s a pyramid.  And then I go a little bit flash and I did that, and he broke my wrist.”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

Martial arts master… lousy fighter?”

(Scene from a movie starring Steven Seagal): 

“I have something in my pocket right now that’ll completely clear up that bruise on your forehead.”

(Scene from a movie with Steven Seagal – Second actor): 

“What bruise?”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

“There’s no denying that Steven Seagal is an accomplished martial artist.  He’s a legit seventh Dan in Aikido, a martial art that relies on joint locks and the redirection of momentum.  He was even the first American to teach Aikido in Japan.  But more than a few fighters think that Aikido is actually kind of worthless when it comes to self-defense.  Fight analyst Jack Slack, says that Aikido only works if your “opponent is running straight at you,” something most smart fighters never actually do.  UFC commentator and fighting fan Joe Rogan adds that Aikido “would never work against a trained fighter, never, not in a million years.”

Mafia target: 

“Steven Seagal has battled all sorts of bad guys on the silver screen, from terrorists to the yakuza.  But Seagal has also faced some scary villains in real life, namely the Mafia.  According to a New York Times story from 2002, Seagal was once brought before a Gambino crime family captain named Anthony “Sonny” Ciccone.  The mob boss ordered him to start working with producer Julius R. Nasso, with whom he’d had a successful working relationship in the 90s before the two had a falling out.  Seagal was so freaked out that he gave the gangsters over half a million bucks.  The scandal came to light in 2003, and Nasso was sentenced to one year in federal prison.”

Seagal’s insane raid: 

“If you couldn’t tell from his filmography, Steven Seagal is fascinated with law enforcement.  Well, with the exception of Under Siege.”

(Scene from the movie Under Siege – Actress)

“Are you like some Special Forces guy or something?”

(Scene from the movie Under Siege – Steven Seagal)

“No, I’m just a cook.”

(Scene from the movie Under Siege – Actress)

“A cook?!”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

“Anyway, Seagal actually served as a cop in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for about 20 years.  Then, in 2009, Seagal took things to the next level by starring in a reality show called Steven Seagal: Lawman.  In the third season, Seagal teamed up with the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona.  In 2011, Arpaio orchestrated a raid against Jesus Llovera, a local man suspected of cockfighting.  But when the cops showed up, they had a lot more than just a warrant.  There were up to 40 SWAT officers, a bomb squad, K-9 units, and even armored vehicles.”

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

“We hope to take the suspect and anybody else who is inside the house by surprise.”

Grunge (contains cool facts and fun tidbits on history, science, entertainment, and plenty more):

“And what could be more surprising than the police tanks that tore down the gates to Llovera’s property?  Or the damage done to parts of his house during the raid?  This peacock had no idea what to expect.  Llovera eventually pled guilty to cockfighting and the 115 roosters that he kept at his house were saved, right?  Wrong.  Apparently, the police actually euthanized them all.  So, that’s something.”

Sweet moves, Steven 

“With a career as varied as Steven Seagal’s, it’s important to remember that he’s not just about punching, kicking, and killing lots of chickens.  This dude also plays the guitar in a blues band.  And sometimes, he does… well, whatever this is.  Thanks for watching!  Click the Grunge icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel.  Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you’ll love, too!”




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