Steven Seagal talks on strangers trying to test him in bars

Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal talks about his training, and tells Piers Morgan what happens when strangers try to test him in bars.

Steven Seagal talks with CNN’s Piers Morgan about his training, what happens when strangers try to test him in bars.

Piers Morgan: Do you still fight?

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal: Yes I do.

Piers Morgan: Are you still dangerous?

Steven Seagal: *Cocks head* Let me tell you this. The guys I am training in UFC, you know, some of them have got their championship belts – world championship belts – because they’ve attributed that to me teaching them, so I still know a thing or two.

Piers Morgan: If you’re Steven Seagal every single bar you ever go into in the world, they’ll be some jackass in the corner who wants to get it on with you. Does that actually happen?

Steven Seagal: Once or twice.

Piers Morgan: And what happens?

Steven Seagal: Bad things.

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Steven Seagal has been a cultural icon representing everything squinty and badass about action films for the past 20 years. A lot of people think they know everything there is to know about this mysterious man of part-time law enforcement and energy drinks, but the truth of the matter goes deeper. Much deeper.

Here are 7 facts about Steven Seagal you probably didn’t know:

7. Steven Seagal speaks fluent Japanese
It’s pretty impressive that the man spent ten years in Japan and became a 7th dan black belt aikido master, and then came to America to teach overprivileged Hollywood insiders like Michael Ovitz the craft of kickin’ butt. On top of all that, the man speaks fluent Japanese.

6. Jean-Claude Van Damme challenged Steven Seagal to a duel
Okay, so he didn’t challenge Seagal to a duel, exactly…no knives or rapiers or guns would be involved. But he most definitely did challenge him to a fight. I believe his exact words were: “I’m not a fighter, I’m a lover. If somebody’s going to speak bad about me, I will walk away. But if a guy like Steven Seagal slaps me once, I will slap him twice as hard. Life is full of violence.” Wow, thems ain’t lovin’ words, thems be fightin’ words.

5. A mystical dog saved Steven Seagal’s dojo in Japan
How much this is truth and how much this has now become Steven Seagal lore is hard to say, but it’s important as part of the creation myth of Seagal’s greatness. Among the great origin stories – the Popol Vuh, the Koran, the Bible – Seagal’s has some of the best stories, full of the richest metaphors.

4. Steven Seagal was a 17th century monk in a past life
This, too, is a very difficult fact to verify. Seagal has explained his beliefs regarding his past life: “My old Buddhist teachers have identified the person I was in a past life. I was a 17th-century monk called Chungdrag Dorje. I believe this is true, but I don’t dwell on it.”

3. Steven Seagal was poisoned in 1994 by a mysterious opponent
Seagal has never determined just who exactly it was that poisoned him back in ’94, but it’s pretty clear at this point that whoever this nemesis is, he’s smart enough to stay hidden.

2. Steven Seagal broke Sean Connery’s wrist
Seagal was employed to do the fight choreography for 1983’s Never Say Never Again, and was put in charge of personally training Sean Connery. While working with him he managed to break the star’s wrist, unbeknownst to Connery until years later. Which is a lesson right there: Steven Seagal can break you without you even knowing it. You might walk away thinking everything’s fine and dandy, but your bones know better.

1. Steven Seagal had a tuxedo tailor-made to conceal two firearms
I think this fact alone really says everything about the man, the myth, and the legend that is Steven Seagal. Most people, when they leave work, clock out, go home, and relax. Not Steven Seagal. Seagal is on call all the time, which is why he needs to make sure when he’s out partying at black tie social events he’s showing up fully loaded. [source: spike.com]