Martial arts maven and 1980s movie star Steven Seagal is mulling a run for Arizona governor, an announcement that is either real or just a way to promote his new Arizona-based reality TV show.
The Hard to Kill actor discussed his political aspirations while promoting his new reality show, Steven Seagal — Lawman: Maricopa County on a local ABC affiliate.
Seagal, 61, was sworn in as a local deputy last year — an irony not lost on those who remember his first film titled “Above the Law.”
In his new reality show, cameras follow the aging tough guy as he works as a deputy to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known nationally for his often criticized antics and actions against unauthorized immigrants.
The show airs on the Reelz Channel.
Steven Seagal is a full member of Arpaio’s posse, which is in part made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff’s offices in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.
Like his new boss, Seagal says he wants to improve border security.
Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan, later moving to Los Angeles to star in a string of action flicks that became increasingly popular until his star began to fade in the 1990s.
His first film was Above the Law.