Seagal Sings the BluesIncreasingly frustrated by his film career, Steven Seagal has often sought solace in his music. An avid fan of Delta Blues since his early years in Detroit, Michigan, the martial arts teacher turned overnight screen icon has been honing his skills with the guitar over many years -- in addition to building a vast personal collection of instruments. Throughout his tenure as a box office heavyweight, Seagal made numerous musical contributions to his films. Marked For Death, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and The Glimmer Man all include tracks on which fans would have noticed the star is credited with either performing on, producing and/or writing. Then came the infamous Fire Down Below. Marrying conventional thrills with environmental themes close to his heart, the film paid homage to the country music at the heart of America’s history. Co-writing and performing on many of the songs in the film, Seagal, who was heavily involved in all aspects of production, surrounded himself with fellow musician/actors such as Levon Helm, Randy Travis, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton. One scene even sees the tall guy picking up a guitar to jam with Marty Stuart. That the film was the final nail in the coffin of Seagal’s career as a cinema star (going straight to video in the UK) marks this as a tragic turning point in his career. Its legacy is passionless, exploitation films and the emergence of two very unique albums by the star. In Internet critiques, fans have shown significant dissatisfaction with Seagal’s recent films. But they may be surprised to learn that the star shares their sentiment. While able to place his unique mark on films such as Belly of the Beast and Into The Sun, all too often his producers seek to keep things simple… much to the star’s frustration. Producers even sought to sue the star for his interference on Today You Die and Mercenary for Justice, citing interference with scripts and movie crews. The star counter-sued citing the producers’ breach of contract. Bad experiences on films such as these and Ticker, which he described as a film “raped” by investors (he has never even viewed the final cut of Albert Pyun’s cop thriller), Seagal feels exploited and his performances have no passion as consequence. Speaking from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December 2006, while filming Once Upon a Time in the Hood, the 55-year-old Aikido master expresses nothing but disdain for his latest Direct-to-DVD production. Describing the film as merely something “the producer wanted to do” this is another project devoid of the themes which inspire him, such as spirituality. It would seem Hood is to be yet another formula revenge thriller cynically marketed to the hip-hop lovers who flocked to Exit Wounds. Seemingly involved in the project wholly under duress, it seemed clear that the film was little more than a contractual obligation. Nothing to feel passion for or to excite fans. When asked if he’s under contract with Sony Home Entertainment, the company backing these recent DVD releases (all seeming to feature the same cut and pasted head shot), his bluntly economical reply is “not after this.” It’s not difficult to recognize what is now a typical Seagal film. While the extensive use of doubles is clearly resultant of the star’s own aging, the employ of alternative actors for looping dialogue is rather more telling. You can almost guarantee that Hood, if that is to be the final release title, will feature this telltale sign of Seagal’s distaste. With Today You Die’s hip-hop buddy formula, recycled footage -- and scenes which hint of confusing, undeveloped spiritual overtones -- is sadly not an isolated example of poor film making. The more recent Attack Force’s flawed, post-production attempt to remove its science fiction elements (a genre stretch for Seagal), and dubbed in many scenes he’s notably absent from during much of the running time. Seagal’s name is now, unfortunately, synonymous with some of the worst productions in the genre. Is it any surprise then that it should be discovered that his next release Flight of Fury should have been exposed as an unofficial remake of a forgotten Michael Dudikoff flick called Black Thunder? Comments on the IMDB confirm that even the writer of the original screenplay was unaware of this until a fan noticed similarities in the synopsis. Filming Belly of the Beast, his music video “Girl It’s Alright,” in Thailand, and Into the Sun in Japan were all recent highlights for a star who more often finds himself strutting around Eastern Europe. But when probed regarding his curious forays into the cinema of the East…things don’t seem to inspire much enthusiasm in the tight-lipped star. Mention of Jun Lee’s South Korean film Clementine, an uneven blend of family drama martial arts, provokes more grievous feelings. It seems every mention of his film career arouses feelings of betrayal and contempt. “It was supposed to be a little cameo, and I was misled. They told me it wouldn’t be released outside of (South) Korea”. Subsequently the film exploited Seagal’s star presence. Unfortunately, Seagal’s efforts to produce films in China also fell on hard times. He served as Executive Producer on Sammo Hung’s Dragon Squad, which was to be the first in a string of Eastern productions. But the demise of his business partner (heart attack) led to the collapse of numerous projects -- and he hasn’t even seen that particular film. Unsettling patterns in the life of a man whose role in a mobile phone advert would seem to be a recent career highlight. Films once so full of vigour, such as On Deadly Ground and Fire Down Below, may be a thing of the past -- but while weary of the “beyond vulgar” producers and executives in Hollywood, Seagal is still a very passionate individual and fans need lament no more. Seagal is reinventing himself as a musician. Largely unheard outside Europe and the bedrooms of obsessive fans, “Songs from the Crystal Cave” is a blending of traditional ballads, blues, reggae and world music styles. Further expressing Seagal’s ambition to change the world, “Crystal Cave” was also chance for this man of so few words to vent his frustrations about the media, his refusal to compromise (as his films pay testament), his spiritual beliefs and more. Momentum for the album gathered back in 2001, when Wyclef Jean was linked to the project. But it was 2004 by the time the CD hit shelves…in France. “Making the record was easy. Finding distribution was hard,” the aspiring music performer says. Not surprisingly. It’s a unique collection of tracks likely to provoke guffaws as well as awe. Who could take Steven Seagal seriously singing reggae? European audiences embraced the album and critics began to take notice of the much-lambasted icon. "Crystal Cave" is an album bursting with passion and its modest success drove Seagal onward. Only two years later came the follow-up, "Mojo Priest" – a restrained and intense Blues album. This markedly different record further bolstered Seagal’s reputation. With successful promotional tours adding fuel to the fire, promoters eventually went so far as to postpone the UK leg due to demand. Originally scheduled to arrive in the UK last year, Seagal and his band Thunderbox have finally hit the UK and Europe. “Honoured” to have the opportunity to share the music dearest to his heart -- the tour is characteristically bold. Curious audiences, largely unfamiliar with his musical aspirations, paid £28.50 (a £10 mark up on those for the original dates in 2006) to see this relative musical newcomer. [roughly $57.00 U.S.] Genre luminaries like Bo Diddley and Ruth Brown appeared on the album. Brown, known as Miss Rhythm, came out of retirement to record two tracks with Seagal because she and others were “aware I was going to make an authentic blues album; not a rock album with a blues feel.” Saddened by Brown’s passing in November 2006, Seagal reflected that the feelings of working with this frail legend, whose arm he held as she left the studio, were “indescribable.” Her incredible vocals defied her age, and her contribution to Mojo Priest enhances the record’s sense of tribute. At a time when many of the original performers of the Blues are passing on, Seagal feels it’s very important to keep that raw sound alive. The sounds of suffering and slavery and the rhythms that gave African Americans hope. Integral to American history and culture, Seagal likens the music to a language in danger of being lost. “How important is it to keep speaking the Tibetan language to keep that alive?” he says rhetorically by way of contrast. Classics of the Delta Blues and Chicago Blues, popularised by Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers, feature on "Mojo Priest" to enhance ties to the founding fathers of this influential form. “We had Muddy Waters’ band and we did those tracks to show honour and respect to them.” Blending those classics with new material written by the man himself, the result is a seamless homage. Invigorating and wholly unique. Unlike performers such as David Hasselhoff, who relentlessly chase mainstream pop success, Steven Seagal’s commitment to a niche genre and his proficiency in it may well reinvigorate his flagging career. Avoiding William Shatner kitsch,Seagal’s aspirations follow in the wake of On Deadly Ground co-star Billy Bob Thornton’s success. Thornton has already built a loyal following for his Hillbilly country music, and it’s possible to see the potential for a very similar cult to develop. While constantly in demand (churning out three pictures a year), when asked if he would give up movies to focus on his music his answer is a simple “Yes”. Qualifying that if he could afford it there is no doubt that he’d love to become a full-time musical performer. “Knock on wood, I’ve never had a bad experience” he says of playing before a live audience -- something he’s done consistently for many years, even doing a mini-tour to promote Fire Down Below. Playing since he was a young boy, and writing his own Blues material since around the mid-eighties, Mojo Priest’s success is a dream come true for the star. But sadness plagues the man. He confided that the failure to make the final nominations list for the Grammy Awards upset him. Again, he puts this down to failures in management to “…support the record and get it out there.” Asked if there are other genres of music he’d like to explore, Seagal states that while he’d “...like to do more World Music…to continue with the blues, and hopefully get another record out soon.” Renewing the faith of fans that felt their hero had become a shadow man with the belly of a beast, it would seem that the enigmatic, intense and soft-spoken star is embarking on the most exciting phase of his career. And despite evidence to the contrary, Seagal confirms he still has many filmmaking aspirations. “I have a great love for the medium of film,” he says, but the corrupting influence of money is a constant frustration. While fans may continue to endure DVD schlock, Seagal hopes to soon combine his passion for music in a project which echoes Fire Down Below. The Delta Blues actioner Prince of Pistols was originally set to begin filming in July 2006, but is currently on hold. The film is still very much on Seagal’s mind -- as is the eternally gestating biopic of Ghengis Khan. Far from being half past dead, Steven Seagal is under siege from British and European fans who adore this foreigner. Like his eternally mysterious on screen alter ego, this is a man who refutes criticisms and follows his heart. Submerged in a passion for the Blues, he’s going beyond a black dawn and into the sun. Proving that no aspiration is out of reach.
Jan. 13, 2007, 6 p.m. CST
by Pound Sand
as the King of Worldwide (well, excluding the U.S.) entertainment! Vern and the other Seagalogists of the world are right: You gotta admire the guy's heart, dedication and passion. Go ahead and talk trash, Steven don't care.
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST
on national TV
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST
worked for Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy II . . .
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Dick Nicely
Best Seagal movie: the Orange short they showed before movies in Cineworld, based around the spiritual theme of "Turn your fucking mobile phone off, you disruptive egotistical cunt" which features Seagal on a golf cart chase. I saw 100 films a year in that cinema, but never got tired of this little action movie.
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST
to read this much abour Seagal?
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST
by Neighbourhood Lion
I'd heard a rumour that Seagal and Thunderbox were playing my local theatre in Gravesend, Kent, England and initially thought it too unlikely to be true. I'll be there - front row, centre!
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST
the other thought he could fly...THEY WERE BOTH WRONG!!!!!!!
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:28 p.m. CST
and yet I am without sympathy.
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST
by Triumph poops!
Here is the true spirit of all Steven Seagal films courtesy of MAD TV. This actually brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it I was laughing so hard. And I say that as an actual fan of Seagal's movies...<p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1N3q4Vgkg
Jan. 13, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST
Apparently his music is big in Britain. Really? Now I'm not really into pop music and so forth but I've didn't even know that Steven Seagull was even recording let alone popular and I'm sure someone would have spread this to me with a large smile on his face or even a confused look if it is actually good. Anyone want to tinyurl a link to recording so I can see what the rest of Britain is raving about but this Brit is missing out on?
Jan. 13, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST
by Dick Nicely
This is across the road from where I used to work. If only I'd stayed in my native land of bagpipes, Irn Bru and deep fried Mars Bars, I could have seen him. This from the Renfrew Ferry gig guide: "Recognised worldwide as one of Hollywood's leading action heroes, Steven Seagal has starred in and produced more than 20 films. While his 'over the top' performances continue to bring his on screen characters to life the proficient 7th degree black belt Aikido master is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Seagal's life long dedication to martial arts is rivalled only by his devotion to the guitar and the inspiring power of music. He grew up playing blues music with such iconic players as BB King, Bo Diddley, Albert Collins and Willie 'Pine Top' Perkins. His debut album 'Songs From A Crystal Cave' received massive critical acclaim in The US and his latest release 'Mojo Priest' is the result of a long held musical dream to record a 'real blues album' honouring and recording with the best of the living legends, in Memphis. Currently touring the world with this band Thunderbox, Steven stops off here as part of a 30+ date UK tour to promote his music to the thousands of fans already enthralled with his movies."
Jan. 13, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
...as rumors once suggested.
Jan. 13, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST
...he'll be a dead ringer for Steve "Guitar" Cropper from the Blues Brothers!!! Not that he'll ever be able to play like him, though. Don't beleve me? Look! http://tinyurl.com/tvj9s
Jan. 13, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST
To the people of Staten Island, it was a big deal in the 90s that Seagal kept a residence on the island. And one year he was the Grand Marshal for a parade, and I went out with my family to check it out. Finally he shows up, walking down the street and waving, and my mom says really loud, "Oh my god! Look how FAT he is!" and everyone laughed. and a cinema hero died in front of my eyes. Oh, to be 14 again.
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST
...is in itself worth the price of whatever of the two records it was on. I forget. But it was a remarkable moment. And there's nowt "kitsch" about Shatner's last record, Has Been. That's just an amazing piece of work, no two way's about it. www.mondoirlando.com
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST
"Subsequently the film exploited Seagal’s star presence." That's like saying "the film exploited Rosie O'Donnell's svelte figure."
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST
Is a new low Steve. I'm as big a fan American Ninja (1 & 2 only) as the next guy, but come on. I think it may be time to bust yourself down to a cameo in an Adam Sandler movie and begin the Re-branding as an Ironic Icon of Days of Yore gambit (see Winkler, Hoff, and etc). This would be great as it would draw a line under his DTV career, which would allow Vern to at last finish Seagalogy. Or Vol 1 at least.
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST
Make it happen! I need to die in peace.
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST
by Deus Vult
No seriously. And speaking of girls, why don't we have more tail running around this place? You know, AICN is based in Austin, Texas' last liberal bastion. And ther's like a hundred thousand college-age girls there who are hot, rich and dumb as fuck. Harry, can we please get a few 'round this place to review some movies such girls would see, like...um...well, skip the reviews, how 'bout some hot girls as mascots to the site and just show their topless photos? Anyone?
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST
..For the flop that his career has turned out to be. The guy has a huge ego which has prevented him from doing well in the action genre. Just ask Judo Gene LaBelle, who choked him out on the set of Under Seige after he was be rough with the stuntmen...
Jan. 13, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST
...and he married into getting a dojo in Japan. It was not as if he started the school from scratch. Afterwards, he took off to the US and got married while still married to the lady in Japan. Not good form if you ask me. That is why all his BS concerning world peace and spiritual harmony is laughable.
Jan. 13, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST
by Bubba Gillman
I remember when I was a kid and this song was big. The band, Men Without Hats, had a symbol. It was a circle with a slash through it (the international "no" symbol), and in the circle was a man wearing a hat. So what the symbol meant was "No Men With Hats", not "Men Without Hats", which, as stated earlier, was the band's name. This always bothered me. Off topic, I know. But who cares about this topic.
Jan. 13, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST
Yeah, I suck for saying it. I'll now go kill myself...
Jan. 13, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST
Why the fuck is this even on here? Ain't it fucking ridiculously stupid nobody gives a shit news must have already been taken as a domain. I haven't been on the tb's in awhile but damn, I had to break my silence. What a waste of typing. Must be a damn slow news week.
Jan. 13, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST
but his hair plugs in Exit Wounds were awful. I wish he would do a comeback like Mickey Rourke, full blow asshole mode. That would be slick.
Jan. 13, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...that's why his career is in the toilet and his efforts in recent years have all been such z-grade unenjoyable crap. And it's always everyone elses fault. Despite the fact that he refuses to do his own looping, disappears from the set at random (often forcing the use of body doubles even for scenes that were planned for him to be in), demands changes to scripts at a whim during mid-filming, and more besides. He's become a joke, his films utterly unwatchable, and he's the one most responsible for it all.
Jan. 13, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST
although you went a little too out for justice on the title references in my opinion, bud. Anyway it was good to see this sort-of-interview, which adds alot of data to my Seagalogical research, supporting some of my theories and throwing in some unexpected turns. (Why would he be embarrassed of his cameo in CLEMENTINE? It's an okay movie and his character is treated with respect.)<p> I do got a bone to pick with your characterization of FIRE DOWN BELOW though. I don't think you can say it killed his theatrical career since EXIT WOUNDS and HALF PAST DEAD (which you're named after) both came later. Not a big deal but you make it sound like FIRE DOWN BELOW was a bad one, and I gotta disagree with that. It's gotta be his most underrated. Please consider the amazing speech he makes when he walks into the church, the legitimately awesome truck chase, the villainous Kris Kristofferson, the line “I was just out for a Sunday stroll. I guess it’s not Sunday.” And also the fact that Seagal plays an armed EPA agent. This movie has just the right balance of absurdity and badassness to be one of the great Seagal pictures. Honestly it's one of my favorites.<p> As for the music, I saw him and Thunderbox live last year and it was one of the greatest and most surreal things I've seen, Seagal up there in an orange sleeveless shirt playing a flying-V. And it's true, he's pretty good. And his band is really good. But that's no substitute for the movies. I want to see him make that PRINCE OF PISTOLS. That's the one I'm waiting for. Hopefully he will make it soon so it can end SEAGALOGY. Otherwise I might have to make SEAGALOGY: RESURRECTION in a couple years.<p> anyway thanks bud, your friend Vern, one of North America's leading Seagalogists<p> p.s. If is anybody thinking Merrick snubbed me by not mentioning in the intro that the Seagal beat is usually covered by me, that's not fair. I think what he's trying to do is show the field of Seagalogy true respect by acknowledging its worldwide reach and not treating it as a novelty or one crazy man's hobby. thanks.
Jan. 13, 2007, 11:04 p.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...getting to bang Kelly LeBrock back in the days when she was still uber-hot. Even if he did allegedly treat her like shit...absolute proof that the man is crazy and never seems to know what he has until it's gone right there. Seagal died sometime back in the 90's, I don't know who this fat egotistical prick who calls himself Seagal is.
Jan. 13, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST
by S-Mart shopper
I agree with Sledge, Seagal has been gone for some time now. I mean come on, who out there can tell the difference between Exit Wounds and Half Past Dead. This man is in sad shape no matter what BS is being said about his music "career". At least he's not in Transformers...
Jan. 13, 2007, 11:26 p.m. CST
by S-Mart shopper
icing on the cake
Jan. 13, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST
by Jonni Salami
Who gives a crap about this wife beating jerk-off. Stick the fork in.. he's done!
Jan. 13, 2007, 11:30 p.m. CST
...he should blame his own lack of screen talent. He's never been able to act, and he's far too overweight to be taken seriously as an action star. Back when he had more control, his movies weren't any better, just more bigger budget. The "spiritual overtones" and environmental preaching have never been more than irritating distractions from what were already bad films weighed down by a man who should never have been in these films to begin with. If he wanted to be taken seriously, and get off of the direct-to-dvd market, he should have lost weight and learned to act. Then maybe he could get the control he wanted to add spirituality into his projects. Only they'd STILL suck.
Jan. 14, 2007, 2:01 a.m. CST
...and for the rest of us who somehow missed him as a prison bitch in Half Past Dead - Sasha Petrosevitch is Segal's character.
Jan. 14, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST
Loves Seagal movies (and JCVD), even the current run of straight-to-DVD masterpieces being foisted upon the world. I do love me some old-school Seagal though. And he's had the best run of generic action-movie titles in the history of action cinema.
Jan. 14, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST
by JERRY HORROR
Most people will never understand, what an amazing martial artist the man really is. I witnessed a demonstration many years back. Supernatural is the word I would use to describe it. Everyone of his students and instructors were a joy to be around. Say whatever you want to say bout the man. Mr. Seagal is one the highest ranking (caucasion nontheless) dans in Aikido.
Jan. 14, 2007, 5:27 a.m. CST
FIRST QUESTION: Is there any truth to that story about you throwing a fit on the set of EXECUTIVE DECISION because of your character's early demise?
Jan. 14, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST
by Triumph poops!
I posted the YouTube link to the Will Sasso MAD TV parody of Seagal, and then it dawned on me a short bit later that Seagal was SUPPOSED to make an all-out comedy parodying HIMSELF and his style of action movies. Best of all, it was to be made by the Zucker crew who gave us AIRPLANE, TOP SECRET! and the POLICE SQUAD movies. Combine that talent with Seagal actually poking fun at himself and it just seems like that would have made for a great summer comedy. Whatever happened to it? And for that matter, why doesn't Seagal just use his martial arts skills to exercise more...lose some serious weight and get back into realistic shape...and then actually do UNDER SIEGE 3, even if it had to be financed independently but was then released through Warner Bros (who clearly hold the franchise rights). I can't believe that wouldn't be a helluva lot better for his career over the USA cable schlock he has been doing.
Jan. 14, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST
Seriously, was it maybe a 10-second interview stretched out to that length? Where are the actual full-sentence quotes?
Jan. 14, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST
I saw John Leguizamo on Conan a couple months ago ( I think, may have been sooner) where in his book he dishes about some of the folks he's worked with. He did mention the "Executive Decision" deal, where Seagal was upset about how his character was supposed to die originally ( can't remember now, but I think he was just supposed to get shot). Leguizamo said he freaked out and locked himself in his dressing room the day his character was supposed to die, and wouldn't come out till they rewrote his death scene to what it is now.Freaky!For me my love of Seagal movies took a hit with Under Siege 2. I remember at one point there's a fight scene where it was pretty obvious that they sped the film up to make it look like Seagal was moving faster than he really was.I did like "Fire Down Below" though. My favorite scene was when he's fucking with the asshole in the bar,slapping the shit outta him. I remember actually getting a glimpse of the guy once some years back, here in Indy.The Dali Lama was in town for something and I happened to see Seagal crossinga street next to me. Man, that dude was freakin' tall.As he walked by everyone's head turned.He also had a small entourage surrounding him.Kind of surreal. I think in terms of movie comebacks, I'd like to see Seagal in something ( I tell ya, the Rambo sequel would have been great for this) that pays homage to those old 80s/90s action icons.Then again, I doubt the guy's ego would let him do something like that.I'm thinking of David Carradine's turn in "Kill Bill" for instance.Or if they ever did a remake of Billy Jack. I could see the aging Seagal spouting those goofy semi mystical lines or the whole " see I'm gonna take my foot and whop you upside the head, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it" scene...
Jan. 14, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST
and i'll not be there, but i saw an advert in the paper. must you only wear kung fu tops and black leather jackets steven? he did have a fit wife, but alledgedly used to practice his kung fu moves on her. under seige was your greatest triumph
Jan. 14, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
At my local university in March i think. UEA Norwich if anyones interested.
Jan. 14, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST
were called Men Without Hate, but a typo on the record covers saw them change their name :) I have been emailling Mr Seagal's management, and apparently an even bigger tour is on the way in mid-2007, incorporating the known world. nice one man, his music kicks ass.
Jan. 14, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST
Jan. 14, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST
My jaw was on the floor the entire time. Abuddy of mine and I got shit faced prior (the girlfriend had to work) .... I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Then saw a show in the History channel with him and his 100+ guitars. Unreal. Also, the MadTV parody is FUN-NY!
Jan. 14, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST
Seagal chicken necking his head, "Anyone seen Ritchie" .... pool ball to the head.
Jan. 14, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST
Steven would never parody himself as finely (or at all) as David did in "Jump In My Car" (look for it on YouTube). In fact, I seriously wonder if Stevie's HAS a sense of humor.
Jan. 14, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST
by Triumph poops!
I don't doubt (per Volstaff's post above) that what Leguizamo claimed to happened on set actually DID happen on set, particularly given other stories about Seagal's on-set antics. But stories like that always make we wonder just how much crack some of these people are on in Hollywood.<p>Seriously, assuming it's all true, why the hell should Seagal -- or any actor for that matter -- be having a meltdown on the day he was due to be "shot" PER THE SCRIPT WHICH HE READ BEFOREHAND, WHICH MADE HIM AGREE TO DO THE FILM IN THE FIRST PLACE. And even if he DIDN'T read the script, and his agent or a personal assistant did, you'd have to think they actually turned to him at SOME point and said "Yeah, it's a good script and has a neat twist for an action movie where you'll get killed early on. So really if you do this, it should be an amazingly easy pay day. Assuming you WANT to be associated with this movie in the end."<p>I mean, whenever I hear stories like that it always cracks me up. Seriously, it's one thing to be filming a movie or TV show and get to a particular scene -- with other footage in the can so you can now have a sense of "how" everything is coming together -- and THEN say "Gee, we should really change this. Given what we have in the can, this isn't going to work like we planned." But I always love stories of actors who agree to film a WRITTEN script, demand their price, start to actually film and THEN turn to the studio, director, writer, fellow actors, whoever and hold the entire production up for ransom by saying, "Oh, no. This is bullshit. I've changed my mind and now I WON'T film this."<p>Of course, not to be sexist but to be an equal opportunity employer, the most notable example of this behavior is usually actresses who agree to do a racy movie or play a hooker or sex crazed lover only to get on set the day of filming and say, "Oh hell no. Were you actually expecting me to wear THAT or to take something OFF and show some flesh or act overly sexual on camera? Screw that!" Which is once again proof positive how nuts Hollywood is, not to mention how it caters to the most immature babies on the planet...
Jan. 14, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST
lebron23 is so right!! out for justice is best seagal flick ever. watching him play in cardiff next month and i'm looking forward to him dropping a well placed girder on some cunt who thinks its funny to laugh at an action god playing guitar. they wouldn't be laughing if he was breaking necks would they, no, they'd be running for their fucking lives!!!
Jan. 14, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST
Even if he is acting shit there is always an excuse . Perhaps because he attracts similar minded people ? Nobody gets inspired and nobody remembers.
Jan. 14, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST
by Dr Gregory House
a Steven Seagull movie
Jan. 14, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST
http://tinyurl.com/y38jqr <p> It's Luke Ford's exhaustive background on the Seagal/Ovitz/Nasso/Pellicano/Gambino mess, and it's hilarious. HIGHLY recommended for any fans of James Ellroy's L.A. books (Cold 6 Thousand, etc.) ... this is the real deal.
Jan. 15, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST
very satisfying... http://tinyurl.com/y5ydkc
Jan. 15, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST
by Mr Sparks
I've got tickets to see him at the Liverpool Philharmonic in February. I also like to use the word 'thunderbox' as slang for 'toilet'.
Jan. 15, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST
..."Don't Hassle the Hoff".
Jan. 15, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Above the Law and Under Siege are my favorites. He's a wreck though.
Jan. 15, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST
His film career is in the toilet, but I still watch them, however his music is well done and a breath of fresh air when it comes to actors turned musicians. Kudos to Seagal for keeping it real in his music career. I hope he can get his dream projects off the ground in the near future before he fizzles into obscurity and leaves a great legacy.
Jan. 18, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST
by Sasha Petrosevitch
Dear fellow AICN readers, It’s been interesting to read everyone’s comments about my admittedly self indulgent Seagal article (this piece probably says more about me than him) and it’s great to see people talking about the man. As a lone Seagal fan in the UK I’m constantly bothering my friends with bizarre facts about Mr Seagal and to talk to him was a dream come true. Some have commented on the loose interview format and I can only apologise for that. Uga and Jugdish noted it didn’t even seem like an interview. I can assure you that this is a legitimate piece. After efforts to record the call for radio went awry I had to conduct the call, which lasted 17 minutes, on a friend’s mobile phone and know no shorthand. As those who heard his TalkSport radio interview will be aware Seagal is a hard man to converse with. His responses were generally confirmations though he volunteered some interesting stuff once I’d earned his respect through the clear respect and knowledge I have of his career. I confess I was overzealous on the length but I’m not good at editing myself. I met a regional journalist who conducted his own interview and got off the phone after a couple of minutes with barely any material for a much shorter piece than this turned out to be. I have no doubt that will be received much better. I was especially glad to see a comment from the founder of Seagalology, Verne. I am humbled. He highlighted my unintentionally negative portrayal of Fire Down Below and I agree with him that it is a great film. Next to Under Siege 2 it's probably my favourite. Followed by The Patriot. I’m dying to see the Seagalology book. Seagal intrigues me more than any other movie star and it’s true that I wasn’t able to deliver a more professional piece. Hopefully my book, if I can ever get it done, will be better. I’m a bit worried my hero might sue me though. I haven’t started writing it yet but it’s one of my ambitions. Maybe it’ll end up as a website or something. Who knows? I’m passionate but lazy. As a writer it’s good to get a chance to learn your weaknesses and I’m grateful for all comments. Bootskin’s disregard for the subject is noted but the great thing about AICN is that geeks of all pedigrees can come together to talk about all sorts of subjects. I’ve been a reader since the dawn of AICN and even read Harry’s autobiography (A good biography but I disagree with his appendix comments on Kurt Russell’s Soldier, a personal favourite). I hope to see Seagal at a few venues across the UK and I’ll be front row centre hero worshipping. If you see me come say Hi. But please don’t confront me. I have a blackbelt in Aikido and the boots to match. Sasha Petrosevich PS: Luke Ford’s review of Seagal’s legal history was recommended by Daddylonghead and I’d like to similarly point those interested in that direction. It’s a fantastic piece. PPS: To Head in a Box, my Swayze dissertation is likely to emerge as an extensive review should he ever make a DTV action movie. He didn’t do Road House 2 (great movie though) but there is always hope. I like Swayze and I’ve always viewed Black Dog as a companion film of sorts to Fire Down Below. As both are country music themed actioners featuring Randy Travis. Black Dog was a much weaker film though. PPPS: DukeDeMondo’s right. Hearing Seagal say Poonani is hilarious and disturbing. Just like watching his lack of chemistry love scenes. And Has Been was awesome. Anyone who’se seen Henry Rollins' Shock and Awe show will have heard some fantastic anedotes about their collaboration. And the poetic track about finding his deceased partner was incredibly moving. PPPPS: Anybody who isn’t a John Candy fan may not get the "boots to match" quote. Rent Who’s Harry Crumb.