6/16/05 - Fantastic Interview
So, I normally post some hate for y'all, but yesterday I read an interview that was so fantastic it needed to be shared. The Phildelphia Metro (the paper they give away for free every day) had a Q&A with Steven Segal. Below are some of the choice quotes. If you only read one, please read the last one which includes some hate on Tom Cruise. If you want to see the original of the interview click here and scroll to page 17. It will take a long time to load. The only way I could find the article online was to bring up the pdf copy.
Q: What else don’t we know about you?
A: I’m a very funny guy, if you’ll forgive me for saying so. When I did “The Glimmer Man” with Keenan Ivory Wayans, he and I were talking about who was funniest, and I think I kicked his ass every day.
Q: Quite a few of your recent films have gone straight to video. Why is that?
A: I had a problem with management for a while. To be honest, there are some people who are shriveling up in the gutter. Those were some people in positions of power at Warner Brothers. One guy, who I won’t mention, really did a job on me. He went out of his way to try to ruin me. For a while, I just didn’t do big studio movies. I didn’t care. I was busy doing music. Now, I’m back with Sony. I have a three-picture deal, which is guaranteed to be theatrical. I’m happy.
Q: What’s up with contemporary action heroes? Nicholas Cage and Orlando Bloom are not the stereotypical types.
A: I would say the same thing,just to be polite. Let me tell you something that might be a bit dangerous. I was raised in Japan. I was schooled in martial arts. I was given the title of master. They take a movie “The Last Samurai.” They have a 5-foot-2-inch little guy, whether he was straight or gay, I don’t know. I don’t care. He had never been to Japan. He doesn’t speak Japanese. He has never held a sword. They make him the Last Samurai. We got 450,000 phone calls [laughs]from everybody in the world saying, “That role was perfect for you. How did that happen?” Most of the people I know didn’t like the film and didn’t go see it. It’s just a classic example of Hollywood and the politics.