Steven Seagal is trying to resurrect his entertainment career. No, he isn’t putting out another lame movie with some rap or martial arts guy, but starring in a reality show. It’s his own real life series Steven Seagal: Lawman on A&E. The series will focus on Seagal’s life in law enforcement as a fully-commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office in Louisiana. After dropping off the movie scene, he’s been doing this for twenty years!
I grew up watching his movies like Hard to Kill and the Under Siege series. His movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide (a staggering figure for really bad acting and mediocre martial arts). Some people and his devout fans have said that he is one of the film industry’s greatest action stars along with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris. He uses his 7th degree black belt in aikido to rangle up bad-doers in the Bayou state. Not only does he go out on patrol in LA, Seagal is an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team and has instructed Jefferson Parish officers in firearms and hand-to-hand combat.
Seagal states in his super-chill voice, “I’ve been working as an officer in Jefferson Parish for two decades under most people’s radar. I’ve decided to work with A&E on this series now because I believe it’s important to show the nation all the positive work being accomplished here in Louisiana, to see the passion and commitment that comes from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in this post-Katrina environment.” Reading between the lines, “I have no money, this is the only way I can get back on television according to my manager.”
Seagal has never been one to look for free press and has finally given into producers to make a reality show. The show will probably be a chilled out version of Cops. On one of the promos, one of the criminals asks for his autograph when he realizes who his arresting officer is. Just like Cops, viewers will ride with Seagal and his “elite” team of deputies on real-life calls. The show further features his personal life like his musical performances and philanthropic efforts in New Orleans.
Besides Chuck Norris, I think that Steven Seagal is the second guy you wouldn’t want to run into in an alley. That being said, his Zen personality mixed in with the misfits of New Orleans should make for an interesting show. I think fans of cop shows like Cops and Dog the Bounty Hunter have grown weary of hardcore cops trying to be Captain Americas. Seagal is out to do personal good, to make the world a better place. This might be the sole reason why I would watch this. Instead of beating the crap out of some guy, he might take a different approach, trying to reach him on a spiritual level. I guess Dog does this too but Dog has a lot going on with the mullet, broken English, bling, and his Oakley glasses.
It’ll be interesting to see how many people tune in to see the show and how many stick around for the entire season. Steven Seagal: Lawman premiers on December 2nd on A&E at 10/9 pm.
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