What if Steven Seagal gained a non-typecast role in a regular drama movie?
Steven Seagal, the dude who portrays military’special ops-type background personnel in every other movie, has enjoyed a 27 year career of starring in movies – movies which belong only to the action genre. Like fellow “Grade II” action star, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seagal’s filmography has consisted mostly of direct-to-video pictures in the last 15 years or so – but what if he starred in a regular drama movie? It’s an interesting concept – imagine Steven Seagal starring as a father who favoured his movie career over the upbringing of his children, but only to try and connect with them 20 years later, when the movie star’s career has turned cult? It could be a success. Look at Van Damme switching to the drama genre in JCVD (2008) – he portrays himself, a washed-up actor fighting for the custody of his children, but to only get caught up in a robbery – the acting of JCVD earned the recognition of Time magazine’s Richard Corliss, who stated: “…(he) deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar.”. It could too work for Seagal…
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This article’s featured image is sourced from Under Siege (1992) Warner Bros. / Dir: Andrew Davis / Prod: Milchan, Goldstein, Seagal and Reuther.