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Ed Driscoll

Separated at Birth?

January 6th, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Is Arizona ready for the goatee of justice? The question may be academic, as “Actor Steven Seagal Says He Is Up For Arizona Governor Campaign,” AP reports in an article at CBS-Las Vegas:

The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series “Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County.”

Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV’s Reelz Channel.

The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio’s posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff’s offices in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana and says he wants to increase border security.

Power Line’s Steve Hayward is having plenty of fun with Seagal’s possible entrance into state politics:

One of my favorite moments from the Reagan years was the time Reagan was asked during a press conference for his thoughts about Clint Eastwood’s election as mayor of Carmel.  Reagan said he never thought anyone who had acted with a chimp in a movie could ever make it in politics.  Heh.

What about movie action heroes?  I always thought it remarkable that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura were both elected governor; they appeared together in two movies—Running Man and Predator, both of which, come to think of it, could be film titles about political ambition.

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…while the news story doesn’t say what party he might affiliate with, it notes he’s pals with Maricopa County’s controversial law and order man, Joe Arpaio, who is normally regarded as right wing.  Many of Seagal’s self-produced movies have featured stupid left-wing story lines, like Fire Down Below and On Deadly Ground.  But I guess he’s made movie titles that qualify him for public office, such as A Dangerous Man and Born to Raise Hell.  Though if I have to have another Hollywood celebrity in office, can’t it be Katey Sagal instead of Steven Seagal?

Heh. On the other hand, Steven Seagal isn’t just yet another actor who’s debating a political run; he’s perhaps the finest action star turned musician since Lee Majors sang the Fall Guy theme. Trust me, I know, all too well:

Click to enlarge to discover the nuanced blues stylings of Steven Seagal.

As I’ve mentioned before, my backgrounder with Seagal to prep for the article that Guitar World assigned to me as one of several pieces I contributed to their February, 2007 issue was the most surreal telephone interview of my professional career. Picture yourself on the other end of the phone line listening to a man who sounds like a cross between Brando’s Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, Bane in the last Batman movie, and Sterling Hayden as Gen. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove, and you can just begin to grok a sense of Seagal’s tone.

On the other hand, perhaps Seagal’s addition of narrow-framed glasses and distinctive chin topiary bodes well for his entry into politics in the state that pioneering conservative Barry Goldwater once considered home. As soon as I saw the photo of him that CBS-Las Vegas chose to accompany their article, the old Spy magazine recurring “Separated at Birth” feature sprang immediately to mind:

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Segal is an idiot on his good days. He is very full of himself (he makes Jesse Ventura look humble), and absolutely incoherent on political principles.

And he's overrated as a martial artist. He got a little cocky on one of his sets, and started pushing people around. The martial arts stunt choreographer tried to talk him down, and Seagal jumped him. From Seagal's first move to Seagal being unconscious (choked out) took about 30 seconds.

Seagal let everybody on the set know that they had better keep quiet about it if they ever wanted to work in Hollywood again, but it made the rounds in martial arts circles, quietly.


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He would be a horrible candidate. He has bad hair plugs. He is way fatter than his acting weight. He is a complete oddball.
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Leave us not forget that Seagal also directed On Deadly Ground. He's got this long, rambling rant at the end of that one (http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0110725/quotes?qt=qt0414808) about how fuel efficient technologies are surpressed. So, yeah, he thought people would want to see that. A shift to politics seems long overdue. (C.f., Tom Laughlin.)
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Hee hee! Extra points for mentioning Tom Laughlin!

That guy makes Art Bell look sensible! He must order tin foil by the truck load!

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Gov. Seagal would likely end up as the Jesse Ventura of the desert (since James Lileks has been know to commute from Minnesota to Arizona for occasional vacations, he might want to educate the public down there what you get when you hire an eccentric celeb because of his tough guy image, since it's been 20 years since Minnesota made that little error).
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The only difference is that Seagal is in good shape, while Goldberg is rather doughy and flaccid. Steven Seagal for Governor! It would be a pity if he turns out to be a Dem....
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1. If that's your idea of "good shape", then I guess Chris Christie must be just slightly overweight?

2. So, you support him for governor but have no idea what his politics are?

And we wonder why America's in trouble!
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"Good shape" is a relative term here. Ol' Steve has been carrying around a substantial spare tire for almost twenty years. For about the last fifteen he has given up trying to shed it for his movie roles. The last time I saw a lean and mean Steve Seagal on screen would have been in "Executive Decision" and he won cheers in the movie theaters for getting killed in the first half-hour.

Don't see the comparison. Jonah is cute and cuddly enough to be in the next Judd Apatow movie while Steve has always cultivated the flinty look.
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And thus another article by a conservative writer drops into inanity. Actually it's a nice respite from the news journaling our unstoppable descent into despotism.

And has anyone noticed that no one has seen Michael Jackson since Muammar Khadafy was killed?
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For what its worth, I myself am offended by my last remark, and would edit it out if there were an edit option.
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