Steven Segal's top five moments
Forget film theory: Ain’t It Cool News writer Vern (whose real name is a closely guarded secret) turns his curious love of the oeuvre of aging action star Steven Seagal into a new branch of academia in his book, Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal (paperback). Here, the superfan discusses his picks for the five most awesome moments in all of Seagal-dom.
1. Marked for Death (1990)
Seagal kills the twin brother of the villainous Screwface, quipping, ”I hope they weren’t triplets.”
”It’s Seagal’s equivalent of [the scene] in Babe when [James Cromwell] says, ‘That’ll do, pig,’ at the end.”
2. Out for Justice (1991)
On a stakeout, Seagal is distracted by a pimp roughing up a prostitute. After he throws the guy through a windshield, a freeze-frame of his face is followed by the words ”Steven Seagal…Out for Justice.”
The iconic shot establishes Seagal as ”the ultimate badass.”
3. On Deadly Ground (1994)
Seagal humiliates a thug in a bar fight but lets him go.
A lesser action hero would have killed the guy, but Seagal ”has a bonding moment with him.”
4. Hard to Kill (1990)
In a TV spot, a corrupt senator says, ”You can take that to the bank.” Seagal’s retort? ”I’m gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent — to the blood bank.”
”That’s such a great one-liner that I can’t even decide if it’s bad or if it’s good.”
5. Urban Justice (2007)
Playing a father on a quest for vengeance, Seagal takes out one unlucky bad guy with 11 consecutive kicks below the belt.
”Seagal is waging a war on crotches.”