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Sylvester Stallone Once Slammed Steven Seagal Into a Wall Because He Didn’t Want to Associate With Him

Steven Seagal has been known to get under the skin of his co-stars. Once such incident saw him getting under the skin of Sylvester Stallone. But unlike others who might have been afraid of Seagal at the time, Stallone showed he was more than willing to defend himself by slamming Seagal against a wall.

Action star Steven Seagal has been described as difficult to work with several times, from having a bad attitude to pushing co-workers around. This was the case with Rocky star Sylvester Stallone, who also collaborated with Seagal. Eventually, words were traded between the two actors, which resulted in Stallone going on the offensive and slamming Seagal into a wall.

Steven Seagal has a history of allegedly being difficult on set

Steven Seagal wearing glasses while posing
Steven Seagal | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Seagal has left a bad impression on many who came to collaborate with him. According to USA Today, he’s been accused of sexual misconduct by several co-workers. Which is something that Charlize Theron has called him out on, claiming she can take the actor. John Wick actor John Leguizamo also recounted a time when he had the misfortune of working with Seagal.

“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, [snorts]. I mean, who the f**k talks like that? Who comes into rehearsal and says that s**t?” Leguizamo once recalled. “So I started laughing and he slammed me with an aikido elbow against a brick wall and knocked all the air out of me. 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. [Laughs.]

However, Seagal would try to somewhat push his weight around Stallone, but Stallone just wasn’t having it at the time.

Sylvester Stallone once slammed Steven Seagal into a wall

Steven Seagal movies are known for their action. But as reported by Contact Music, Seagal allegedly didn’t like being lumped in with other action heroes. Despite starring in mostly action films himself, he told this to Stallone, who didn’t take too kindly to his words.

“Steven Seagal said that he, ‘Didn’t associate with that kind of element,’ – meaning me,” Stallone said. “So I slammed him up against a wall.”

Stallone credits that moment and his reaction to adrenaline being high.

“At that time, our testosterone was running full bore. He was full of his height [Steven is 6 feet, 3 inches, Stallone is 5 feet, 10 inches] and I was full of…myself. But we made up. He can be very abstract.”

Steven Seagal ran away from Jean-Claude Van Damme

Sylvester Stallone and Steven Seagal posing
Steven Seagal and Sylvester Stallone | by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Seagal may have an alleged reputation for being unpleasant to work with. But when it came time to get into a real fight, Stallone claimed that Seagal ran away. Ain’t It Cool notes that the Rambo star was answering questions in an old fan Q & A. Eventually, the topic of Seagal was brought up, after which Stallone recalled the Jean-Claude Van Damme-Seagal confrontation.

“But I remember once, at my home in Miami, I believe it was in ’96 or’97, Van Damme was there with Seagal, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O’Neal, Don Johnson and Madonna… it was a heck of a party,” Stallone said. “Van Damme was tired of Seagal saying he could kick his ass and went right up to him and offered him the chance to step outside so he could wipe the floor with him, or should I say wipe the backyard with him. Seagal made some excuse and left. His destination was some Ocean Drive nightclub in Miami.”

But things didn’t end there. Stallone alleged Van Damme ended up pursuing Seagal even after he’d left.

“Van Damme, who was completely berserk, tracked him down and again offered him a fight, and again Seagal pulled a Houdini. Who would win? I have to say I believe Van Damme was just too strong and Seagal wanted no part of it. That’s just my opinion,” Stallone said.