Steven Seagal is one of the most interesting figures of all time. We know him from his epic action films and martial arts. But little did you know that he’s also a talented musician and an actor who holds multiple citizenship in different countries.
From his martial arts action films that went from blockbuster hits to the straight-to-video bins, his career as a police? and even with his decades of practicing aikido, it’s safe to save that Seagal has accomplished a lot and inspired people.
But amid his successful career, Seagal’s life, however, that seems like they’re just too preposterous to be true, but let me tell you, most of what you hear about the star of such films as Above The Law, Hard To Kill, and Under Siege, is just too crazy to be made up.
Here are seven of the craziest facts about his life and career.
7.) Close ties with Putin
After traveling multiple times in Russia and meeting Vladimir Putin, Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016.
Putin was a fan of Seagal and according to an immigration spokesman “He was asking quite insistently and over a lengthy period to be granted citizenship.”
While various media have cited Seagal and President Putin as friends, Seagal even stated that he “would like to consider Putin as a brother”, Putin has distanced himself from Seagal.
6.) He trained UFC fighters
Steven Seagal has the privilege to get himself into the fight camps of many UFC fighters such as Daniel Cormier, Anderson Silva, and Lyoto Machida, and regularly gets front-row seats at big shows next to top-ranked fighters. Those are the legendary MMA fighters.
He also stated that he taught a flying kick or a front kick technique to Lyoto Machida which was used to knock out one of his opponents.
5. He helped train CIA agents
Steven stated in some interviews that he trained CIA agents in hand-to-hand combat in order to fight terrorists and that he himself received CIA training and sometimes helped on field missions.
6.) He speaks 4 languages
Going back to his cultural appropriation that was mentioned previously. Steven has stated in the past on separate occasions that he speaks Japanese, Russian and Italian, while there is no evidence that he speaks anything other than English.
The only one that might be true is the Japanese, as he did go to Japan to train for a time, but there is no footage of him speaking the language.
5.) He has human trafficking charges
On April 12, 2010, 23-year-old Kayden Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Seagal in a Los Angeles County Superior Court, requesting more than one million dollars in damages.
In her suit, Nguyen alleged Seagal engaged in sexual harassment, the illegal trafficking of females, two of which he was stated to keep on set for ‘certain’ favors. On July 14, 2010, three months after Nguyen filed her suit, she withdrew her claim without explanation.
2.) He’s incredibly difficult to work with
Apparently, Steven Seagal likes to make his presence known on the sets of films that he’s on. On the set of the 1996 film Executive Decision, Steven Seagal announced that he was in charge of the set, this caused co-star John Leguizamo to roar out laughing, which apparently bothered Seagal enough to go up to the man and punch him in the chest.
1.) His hairline is so unique
Once again we have another petty entry on our hands. Steven Seagal really cares about his appearance, referring to himself as a sex symbol on multiple occasions, this makes it somewhat more obvious that he is desperate to keep his hair.
In some of his old movies, you can see the man’s receding hairline, but now it appears full but also somehow painted on.