The golden era of Hollywood’s action genre of filmmaking was the early 80s and the 90s when action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and many more were revered as heroes in real life. But among those, Steven Seagal was one of the wild cards that gave all of these aforementioned actors a run for their money with his action-packed movies.
But in the modern day, where those action stars have left a legacy behind, Seagal has found himself amidst a storm of controversies and hate from both the public and members of the entertainment industry. Bob Odenkirk, one of the most popular stars in the business today, revealed just why the star receives so much hate and spite from people.
Steven Seagal Wanted To Beat Up Comedians On The Sets Of Saturday Night Live!
Famous for his thrilling performances in action flicks like Under Seige, Above The Law, and Marked For Death to name a few, Steven Seagal was a beloved action star in the era of action films. Then, as the era came to an end, so did the reign and influence of Seagal as well. Now, he’s infamous for being one of the most hated people on the internet. And even more infamous are his actions, which Bob Odenkirk had talked about while he was on the sets of Saturday Night Live.
Before he was revered as one of the best actors in the industry for his portrayal of Jimmy McGill, a.k.a Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Odenkirk was a writer on the sets of SNL. He was part of the show during the time when the show faced one of its most terrible hosts in the form of the Hard To Kill star. During an episode with Howard Stern on his podcast, Odenkirk recalled an incident when Seagal asked him whether he could hit the comedians he was going to perform with when he was provided with the script. He said:
“And Seagal read it, and he said, [breaking into a gravel-voiced Seagal impression] ‘If I do this sketch — if I do it … I have to beat them up.’ Like, he has to, it’s like a John Wayne thing, right? It’s the most ludicrous scenario. Don’t worry … no one’s thinking anyone actually beat anyone up here, but that was his attitude the whole week. He kept saying, ‘I’ve never seen your show, I don’t know what you do here.’ Like really? You’ve never seen ‘Saturday Night Live?’ Like, where to do you live?”
This is not the only time the former action star acted this way. Many of the members of the show also reported similar behavior from him during his appearances as a host. Even SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels called him the worst host in the history of the show.
Why Is Steven Seagal Hated By So Many?
Once a proud and respectable Hollywood superstar and Aikido master, Steven Seagal’s fall from grace was one that began a long time ago. As his appeal in the industry started to dwindle, he was reportedly one of the hardest stars to work with, only enhanced by his tendency to be quickly and overly critical of everyone. Along with this, many have reported him of misbehavior, especially with women.
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Source: The Howard Stern Show