For those of us who love watching movies, there grows at some point an appreciation for the character who become the “universal badass.” The universal badass is the guy who defies all odds. He could walk into a bar full of trained killers, and walk out without a scratch after kicking everyone’s ass.
Or, like Rambo, take on an entire police department, or a country-alone. The universal badass is a joy to watch, and overtime, he actually becomes humorous. In a way, he becomes our hero, but we laugh at him. Why do we laugh? We don’t really know, it’s just funny to see a guy do the impossible like beat up 20 guys at one time. We love him.
Over the years there have been a lot of actors like this, but in the late 80s and early 90s, one would come along that would forever change the game. Steven Segal. What makes Segal different from all the rest is that he somehow managed to take his character with him into real life. In real life he’s a martial arts expert so it makes you wonder if he can really beat up 20 guys at once. You never really know though, and he never really answers questions directly so a lot of his reputation is built through assumptions.
In real life he’s a political diplomat with residency in two other countries. In real life he was a police officer in Louisiana, and eventually he took on that role in a show called Lawman. He continuously finds ways of reinventing himself, but he takes it all in stride. We always seem to learn something new about him that he’s been doing for 40 years.
I guess in all seriousness, we’re trying to get an idea of what Segal is really like. We know his character on screen, but fans want to know what the real Steven Segal is like. He never lets us in though. After a while, we get upset, and we’re like, “Alright, is this guy full of shit or is he the real deal?” We may never know.
However, there was an article published recently on the online publication Page Six, and in the article, his ex-wife Kelly Lebrock speaks up. And suddenly, Steven Segal is no longer a mystery. Click the link below. Before I end this post, I just want to say I love Steven Segal, and my entire family have been fans since Above The Law. You still make us laugh, and we appreciate the memories.
Kelly LeBrock calls ex-husband Steven Seagal a Hollywood tragedy (pagesix.com)