5 Crazy Facts About Steven Seagal-Remember Him?

He's in town to judge a pageant, scout for locations, and express opinions.
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Steven Seagal is currently in Manila to judge a Miss Earth pageant, hang out with Chavit Singson, scout for locations for his next film, and shoot a TV series about drugs, crime, and corruption called General Commander. According to this report by Manila Bulletin, Seagal says he believes that the Philippines has become safer under this administration. "I’m a big fan of the government, and I think Duterte is a very good president and he has been instrumental in making the Philippines an up-and-coming place," he says.

For those who don't remember the martial artist and action star (he was big in the early '90s!), here's a quick refresher course on the man who likes to answer to the nickname "The Great One":

1. Although he is best known for his mastery of aikido, he didn't just rely on his fists for his movies:


2. He makes sensitive love songs.

The multi-talented Seagal also sings and plays guitar, and has put out a number of albums. In fact, his songs have been featured in his very own movies. His first album, Songs from the Crystal Cave, came out in 2005, and includes a duet with Stevie Wonder. This single, "Girl It's Alright" comes from that album:

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A second album, Mojo Priest, debuted in 2006, kicking off a summer tour through United States and Europe with his band, Thunderbox.

3. He has many opinions.

On Vladimir Putin

"I know him well enough to know that he is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today. He cares more about Russia than anybody I know. And he's not afraid to get up and do what needs to be done."

"[His] desire to protect the Russian-speaking people of Crimea, his assets, and the Russian Black Sea military base in Sevastopol … is very reasonable."

On Liam Neeson:

On NFL players protesting by kneeling during the national anthem:

"I think it’s outrageous. I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting. I respect the American flag, and I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage."

4. He had a reality show called Steven Seagal: Lawman that ran for three seasons. 

Why was this cancelled? It looks great.

5. He's a Russian citizen who works for Orsis, a Russian arms company.

Seagal joined the company in 2013 as an endorser of the company's products, and as a lobbyist on their behalf. In 2014, Orsis announced plans of developing a rifle under Seagal's name.


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