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Steven Seagal is a damaged man. We’re not sure what happened to him that has made him so delusional, but his entire career is a circus of self-aggrandizing actions and statements. There might not be anybody on this entire planet with less self-awareness. He’s a notorious bully, and is often cited as being one of the absolute worst people to work with on a movie set. Don’t believe us? Here are exhibits 1 through 8.
“I’m a very funny guy, if you’ll forgive me for saying so. When I did The Glimmer Man with Keenan Ivory Wayans, he and I were talking about who was funniest, and… I kicked his ass every day.” – Steven Seagal, in an interview with The Philadelphia Metro.
8. His IMDB Bio
Let’s start with something in his own words. The following is an excerpt of the bio on Seagal’s IMDB page. Just so we’re clear: Actors and their agents have control over this information, it’s not a rabid fan that put it up, it was Steven or somebody working for him, and ultimately he had final say about putting this up.
“Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome looking (often with ponytail) and usually impeccably dressed action star.”
Striking? Calling yourself striking is a very bold statement. Boyishly handsome? Often with ponytail? Impeccably dressed?
7. He Literally Attacked John Leguizamo For Laughing At Him
Seagal likes to paint himself as this grandmaster Buddhist Llama kind of guy, true martial artist, but based off his actions that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Here’s what John Leguizamo had to say about working with Seagal:
“We were in rehearsals for Executive Decision. I’m playing his Master Sargeant and we come in for rehearsals and he says, ‘I’m in command. Everything I say is law. Anybody doesn’t agree?’ I was like, ‘Bwahahaha.’ I started cracking up because he sounded like a retard and he came up and he Taekwondo’ed my ass against the brick and he [hit me with his elbow],” Leguizamo recalled.
Using his martial arts, without any physical provocation, on a guy that’s much smaller than him? That’s an obvious sign of an insecure bully.
“He’s six-foot-five and he caught me off guard and knocked all of the air out of me and I was like, ‘Why?! Why?!’ I really wanted to say how big and fat he was and that he runs like a girl, but I didn’t because all I could say was, ‘Why?!’ Why’d he slam me against the wall? We were rehearsing. What’s the big deal?” continued Leguizamo.
6. He Shot a Puppy While Pretending To Be a Cop
If you aren’t aware, he’s got a reality show called Steven Seagal: Lawman. He’s some kind of honorary volunteer Sheriff, but like the kid volunteers to be hall monitor in school, he takes that role much too seriously. Seagal raided a man’s house, claiming there was an underground cockfighting ring going on there. In the process, he damaged the man’s home, killed his puppy dog (He denies killing the dog), and managed to kill over 100 prize chickens that were bred for competition, according to the homeowner.
He literally drove a tank through this guy’s home. A TANK. The guy was home alone, but for some reason they let Steven drive a tank through his front door.
Seagal defended himself by saying “Animal cruelty is one of my pet peeves,” which is a great – albeit accidental – pun.
5. This Quote…
This one really just speaks for itself. This is from a feature piece in Vanity Fair.
“One day an executive walked into Seagal’s trailer and found Hollywood’s reigning manly man… weeping.
‘Oh, I’m reading this script,’ Seagal explained, still misty. ‘It’s the most incredible script I’ve ever read.’
‘That’s fantastic,’ the executive said, ‘Who wrote it?’
Seagal didn’t miss a beat. ‘I did,‘ he replied.”
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