John Leguizamo Says That Steven Seagal Was On An On-Set Bully Who Got Put In A Chokehold By A Stuntman
Get ready to clutch your pearls in disbelief over some shocking vintage news. Steven Seagal, beloved Russian martial artist and dyed goatee aficionado, is a bully! I know. We’re all shocked. Who knew that someone who shills for Bitcoin and is an alleged super creep could be unpleasant to work with! This is according to John Leguizamo who once worked with Seagal in 1996 and recently revealed that Steven was not a fun co-worker. Bullies in Hollywood? Say it isn’t so!
John and Steven starred in a little film called Executive Decision (you know it’s a 90s film with a hot name like that) where John played a special forces agent and Steven played Steven Seagal. Things were going great until shooting began. In a recent chat with The New York Post, the actor recalled the harrowing tale of working with Steven. John may not talk about Bruno, but he certainly will throw some shade at rude co-stars!
John Leguizamo says “no one” has had a good time filming with Steven Seagal.
The “Super Mario Bros.” star, who has been in over 100 movies, revealed that even on the clunkers — “There’s a few of those!” — he enjoys his craft.
“I always have the best time off-camera on those movies because you’ve got to make up for it,” the 61-year-old told The Post.
One exception, however, is 1996’s “Executive Decision” starring Seagal, who foils a terrorist plot to seize control of an airplane.
“Yeah, I did not have a good time with Steven Seagal,” Leguizamo told The Post. “No one has.”
I think Charlize Theron and Brian Cox are willing to back up John’s tales of no one liking Steven. You know you’re truly hated when someone doesn’t hesitate to tell the story of how shitty you were 30 years ago!
“Gene LeBell, the most famous stuntman in Hollywood, was in a movie with him and [Seagal] kept hitting the stuntmen on purpose,” he recalled.
That’s when things got dicey.
“Gene said, ‘Don’t do that to my boys because they can’t hit you back, it’s not fair,’” he continued. “So he did it again and Gene put him in a chokehold and said, ‘You ever do that, I’m going to choke you to death.’ He never did it again.”
Looks like Steven was the true terrorist on set! It’s hard to believe that a famously insecure person would pick on people, but here we are. But what kind of maniac would push around stuntmen, people who throw themselves into a fire for a living?? Oh right. Sadly, for us, Gene’s heroic action of threatening to kill Steven wasn’t enough to stop the actor from making more subpar films. What has baffled me for all these years is how STEVEN SEAGAL of all people had a movie headlining career. Had we run out of action heroes 30 years ago? Did Jean Claude Van Damme not fulfill our needs for a bizarre martial artist? There is no excuse for Steven’s penchant for picking on stuntmen, but we should remember who is also at fault here: the movie-going public of the 90s! We created this ponytailed monster!