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Steven Seagal: Lawman -- An early look

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 28th 2009 10:33AM
Steven Seagal: Lawman
When I heard that Steven Seagal had a new A&E series coming out called Steven Seagal: Lawman, I thought, oh great, another cop show starring an aging movie star. But that's not what it is at all! Ok, I'll qualify that. Yes, it IS a cop show starring an aging movie star, but probably not what you think.

Turns out that Steven Seagal, best known for his action movies like Above the Law, Hard to Kill, and Under Siege, has been quietly working under the radar for the past 20 years as a real-life deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. Part of his duties there include instructing the other officers on weapons skills and martial arts.

He tells a group of new recruits, "Some of you may know who I am, and some of you don't. I've been doing martial arts for 40 years, so you can look at me as Steven Seagal, he's a movie star, or you can look at me and say Steven Seagal, he can save my life."

The show is a cross between Cops and, well, a Steven Seagal movie. I was joking with my husband that it would be a real trip if you had an altercation at your house and Steven Seagal showed up at your door ready to break things up or haul your ass down to the station for questioning. He can certainly be a badass, but Seagal prefers to work things out without violence if at all possible. "Peace and harmony" is the mantra of his martial arts training, and you can see that in his work as a deputy.

"If a police officer is not prepared to use his weapon as a last resort, then he shouldn't be a police officer," he says.

People might tune into this show because they're curious about Seagal and what he's been up to for the past two decades. But after that novelty wears off, they'll likely keep tuning in to learn what life is like for a cop in post-Katrina New Orleans. Seagal and his fellow cops deal with everything from capturing an armed carjacker after a high-speed chase to breaking up a parking lot brawl.

When he's not working with the force, the cameras will follow him on his other pursuits, including environmental and animal rights activism, and musical performances in the New Orleans area. And he's still making movies, as well. He has three films coming up in 2010, including the Robert Rodriguez thriller Machete, in which he stars with Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez.

In Lawman, Seagal looks much the same as we've seen him in his movies, only slightly more portly and grisled. When you think about all of the things he could be doing -- retiring on a mountaintop or beachside villa spring to mind -- the fact that he's chosen to live the nitty-gritty life of a cop is pretty amazing. He's either a glutton for punishment or truly does love serving the greater good by putting his years of marshal arts and weapons training to good use.

Steven Seagal: Lawman
premieres on A&E Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10 PM ET/PT. Each 30-minute episode goes fast, and as the show's tagline says, "It's no act." Here's the extended preview.

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Cherie

Does anyone know what the cuff or bracelet is he is wearing in this picture ?

December 16 2009 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JonathonJ

I will never watch it or any of his movies. Just ask people in the private charter business. He's known as a jerk, "a**hole", piece of crap. I've heard many and I mean MANY of pilots, flight attendants and limo drivers use more colorful comments about him. Especially, cussing out a flight attendant for not being able to find fresh squeezed OJ when they were coming back from New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina hit. I don't know anyone that wants to fly his dried up, aging sorry ass.

December 01 2009 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yvette

I'd rather watch a reality show about a washed up actor doing something productive in their life than someone looking for love (Brett Michaels, Antonio Sabato Jr.) a job or in rehab. Will definitely give this one a looksie!

December 01 2009 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

Isn't this the guy who was in trouble a few years ago for repeatedly beating the tar out of his wife?

November 30 2009 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shamon

my friend told me about this and i will give this a watch.

November 29 2009 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

Count me among the people who have zero interest in Steven Seagal.

November 28 2009 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oldstnic

I hope this reality show dips into Stevens personal life, as well as his professional life. I'd love to see him go to japan with the show, just to show how diverse a man Steven is...

November 28 2009 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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