Well Segal-san must be doing okay with his direct-to-dvd movie business. He has a million-dollar home in Arizona and is paling around with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Ironically both their stars are fading so it doesn’t surprise me.
Arpaio’s press office has billed Seagal—the beefy star of such blockbusters as Above the Law, Under Siege and On Deadly Ground—as a law-enforcement expert who will help train volunteer posse members to patrol schools. The posses were formed in the wake of the Newtown shootings, but didn’t get the star treatment until now.
Is there anything besides acting that Segal-san can’t do?
Seagal has said he has been “in law enforcement” for 20 years, and recently signed up to train deputies in Hudspeth County, Texas. and Dona Ana County, New Mexico.
Seagal has been “military special forces trained,” Hudspeth County Sheriff spokesman Randy Fleming says. Fleming says Seagal once told him he worked with an intelligence arm of the CIA, but did not go into details.
Loyal readers without a social life will remember that I wrote about this during my Blogcritic days.
What many Seagal fans do not realize is that there is a long history of reports about our hero and his possibly exaggerated claims. A sampling of these reports include his having received martial arts training from the founder of Aikido, secretly working for the CIA, alleged ties to the mob, and a smattering of lawsuits against the actor. For example, as his star was rising in the ’80s, I can remember Mr. Seagal being interviewed by Johnny Carson, and in that interview Seagal alluded to his past CIA ties.
Other bloggers who have covered our beloved Gas Giant include Dojo Rat and Martial Development’s review of Seagal as the Cock Puncher. Also, lets not forget Dojo Rat’s treatment of the infamous Gene LeBell vs. Seagal story!
The stunt men had put Seagal on the spot by saying that LeBell could “choke Seagal out”. Of course, Seagal said “No one could get close enough to me to ever choke me out”. Well, one thing lead to another, and LeBell got ahold of Seagal and really let him have it. As the story goes, Seagal passed out and defecated all over himself. When he came to, he fired LeBell and all the stuntmen.
This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. He’s an Irish Jew from Fullerton with a ponytail who wears a sleeveless kimono when he plays blues guitar.
He’s also had a history of upsetting many legitimate martial arts legends.
Check out p. 24 – p. 29 of the April 1992 issue of Black Belt Magazine. In it you can read about the controversial history that surrounds our favorite aikidoka, Steven Seagal.
I’ve never doubted Seagal-san’s martial prowess — especially in his prime. However, I can honestly say that I probably have more military and law enforcement training than our Gas Giant–and that’s not saying much.