Updated Friday, April 9, 2021 –
This Saturday the action movie star turns 69. We review his trajectory, from the ‘dojo’ to the Kremlin
Steven Seagal seems too much of a James Bond villain to ever have played one: perhaps because of her slicked hairor maybe because of their black three-piece suits or, who knows, because of their great friendship with Vladimir Putin. The icon of action cinema, actor Serbo-Russian-American Since 2016, he turns 69 this Saturday. From LOC, we have decided to review its trajectory since it became Aikido master in his youth until he became a special Russian envoy for relations with the United States (USA).
Seagal was born on April 10, 1952 in Lansing, Mchigan (USA), son of a tcnico mdico and of a math teacher high school. He began learning martial arts at the tender age of seven and, after a stay in Japan, settled in Los Angeles, where he began train the cream of Hollywood. One of his clients was the legendary producer Michael Ovitz, who saw in that imposing karateka the next star of the action films so fashionable at that time.
Soon he began to triumph giving life to police experts in martial arts (Above the law, 1988), martial arts expert detectives (Hard to Kill, 1990), agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (the famous DEA) consecrated in martial arts (Sealed for death, 1990) and noncommissioned officers turned into cooks with a certain resentment against their commanders and martial arts experts, as happens in Maximum alert, jewel of action cinema released in 1992 and Seagal’s best film to date, according to critics.
He is part of the long list of Hollywood actors known to be, in short, some cocoons. The controversies about his abuse both on the set and outside of it occur, not to mention the complaints who have jumped at him after the outbreak of the MeToo movement for allegedly asking different women to undress (Jenny McCarthy) o unbutton pants (Portia de Rossi) in the framework of private auditions and even for having allegedly raped an extra of The dangerous land (1994) when she was 18 years old.
While it is common for stars to try their hand at other businesses, it is rarer for such attempts to end in clashes with the mafia. And it is that the stage of producer of Seagal ended in the courts, where his former business partner, Julius Nasso, admitted that I sent gangsters to threaten him when the interpreter decided to jump off the ship.
His relationship with the forces of law and order he goes beyond his bulky résumé by handing out cakes like bread in front of the cameras. He’s a Deputy Sheriff’s Office Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA, for almost 20 years. Has expressed an interest in being governor of Arizona, but also governor in Russia. And it is that in recent years it has become a great defender of Vladimir Putin (“one of the greatest living world leaders,” he told Rossiskaya Gazeta), with whom he is joined by a great friendship, even publicly defending some controversial claims, such as denying any kind of Russian intervention in the 2016 US elections or supporting the annexation of Crimea (“something very reasonable”, also Rossiskaya Gazeta), which in turn has caused him not to let them enter the Ukrainian borders at least until 2022. He obtained Serbian and Russian nationality in 2016 and the Kremlin has granted him the title of ‘special envoy’ for relations with the United States.
Be that as it may, it is part of the history of action in Hollywood and has left its mark wherever it has gone. And if not that they tell Sean Connery, that I remember in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that Seagal broke his wrist while training with him as a choreographer for the action scenes on the set of Never say never. Maybe some James Bond villain I do have, after all.
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