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Thursday 24 April 2014

Tough guy Seagal has governor job in his sights

Steven Seagal in Columbia Pictures' "Machete."
Steven Seagal in Columbia Pictures' "Machete."

Steven Seagal, who rose to fame with such films as 'Above the Law', 'Hard to Kill' and 'Under Siege', has said that he would "remotely consider" a run for the role of Governor of Arizona.

The 61-year-old actor, director, writer, martial arts expert, blues musician, Buddhist and reserve deputy sheriff revealed his potential political ambitions during an interview to promote the latest series of his reality TV show, 'Steven Seagal -- Lawman'.

Seagal, a Republican, said he had discussed the possibility of a run at the state's highest office with Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County.

Mr Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America", leads a volunteer "posse" of more than 3,000 which the actor joined for the duration of the series.

In February last year, Seagal and Mr Arpaio's posse found themselves at the centre of a controversy after filming a simulated school shooting incident and their proposed response.

The posse had begun patrolling Maricopa's schools following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. One Arizona politician described Seagal's participation as a "mockery".

Seagal responded by calling his critics "an embarrassment to the human race". (©Independent News Service)

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