If some accounts are to be believed, actor Steven Seagal might not be the easiest person to get along with on set. Jessica Alba is one such performer who might have rubbed the action star the wrong way by calling him an actor. Because for Seagal, dubbing him an actor might have been seen more as an insult at the time.
Steven Seagal has had a run-in with several celebrities
Seagal seems to have made a lot of adversaries in the entertainment industry for one reason or another. John Wick’s John Leguizamo, for instance, had an unforgettable firsthand encounter with the martial artist on the set of Executive Decision.
“The first day of rehearsal, there was the director [Stuart Baird], Joe Morton, B.D. Wong, Oliver Platt—we’re all big actors, we’re all big boys, we’re all experienced,” Leguizamo recalled to the AV Club. “And we start rehearsing and he came in and was like, [low, breathy voice] ‘I’m in command. What I say is law.’ So I started, like, I mean, who the f*** talks like that? Who comes into rehearsal and says that s***?”
This allegedly led to Seagal elbowing Leguizamo against a brick wall, which left him gasping for air.
“I dropped to the ground, and all I could say was, [gasping] ‘Why? Why?’ I really wanted to say that he runs like a b**** and has no hair, but I was afraid,” he continued.
Seagal’s reputation preceded him even beyond movies. In 1991, Steven Seagal was a host for Saturday Night Live. Many of its cast members expressed a negative opinion of their time with the actor. David Spade, who was a part of that SNL class, called Seagal tough.
“He was hard. He did not want to play along,” Spade remembered on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Jessica Alba offended Steven Seagal by calling him an actor
Jessica Alba starred alongside Steven Seagal in the 2010 Robert Rodriguez film Machete. Unintentionally, however, the Beverly Hills alum got on Seagal’s bad side after conversing with her co-star. In an interview with MTV News, Alba revealed what exactly set Seagal off.
“I kind of called him an actor and he kind of got mad at me and corrected me and said he was an officer of the law,” she recalled. “And I said ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you.’ But he was really sweet about letting me know it was okay that I offended him.”
Despite this encounter, Alba refused to badmouth her co-star, and chose to talk him up instead.
“He’s a killer,” Alba said. “He’s pretty badass, and he does an amazing fight in the movie.”
Steve Seagal didn’t do ‘The Expendables’ because he didn’t like some of the cast
Some celebrities may have a problem with Steve Seagal, but Seagal once shared that the feelings were mutual. His opinion on certain actors is one of the reasons why Seagal didn’t see himself joining The Expendables franchise.
“I just (don’t) like some of the people involved. Life is too short to work with funny people,” he told Big issue (via Contact Music)
But instead, Seagal would like to pull together an action ensemble film full of actors he actually liked.
”That might happen. I like Jason Statham. I like Jet Li, people like that,” he continued.