Ad hominem: When I was a kid for a year I lived on a deserted street in a semi industrial area of Brooklyn.
By the time Under Siege 2 went to video, Seagal’s box-office appeal had “plateaued.” With each misstep, Seagal became a bigger liability, his waistline increasing, his hairline retreating. On the set of Fire Down Below, according to a source, Seagal was so overweight that the crew spent much of its time trying to find flattering camera angles—which, given the final product, seem to have been few. When Warner Bros. put him on a strict diet and supplied him with a trainer, they found cookie crumbs on the fitness equipment.
One day an executive walked into Seagal’s trailer and found Hollywood’s reigning manly man…weeping. “Oh, I’m reading this script,” Seagal explained, still misty. “It’s the most incredible script I’ve ever read.”
“That’s fantastic,” the executive said, “Who wrote it?”
Seagal didn’t miss a beat. “I did,” he replied.
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