Steven Seagal's own life could be made into an explosive Hollywood blockbuster.
The Daily Star is looking back and some biggest stars in Hollywood and the American actor, who also holds Russian and Serbian citizenship, started as a martial arts instructor before becoming a 90s action hero.
Seagal, who earlier this month was announced to be heading up a Russian ecology project to conserve Lake Baikal, once stated he considered Vladimir Putin "as a brother".
He also made a move into law enforcement and was Reserve Deputy Chief in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.
A 7th-dan black belt in aikido, Seagal was the first foreigner to open an aikido dojo in Japan.
The martial arts expert does all his own moves and is not afraid to show them off, which led to a strange accusation from a stunt man back in 1990.
It all started on the set of action flick Out For Justice, which Seagal was starring in and producing, playing a veteran police detective out for revenge.
Fellow martial arts expert Gene LeBell was the stunt coordinator on set – and claimed he made Seagal poo his pants in a choke hold, something which the actor vehemently denies.
In a 2002 Vanity Fair profile, Lebell alleged Seagal bragged he was immune to chokes, so they put the theory to the test and the actor lost control of his bowels.
During a 2012 interview with Ariel Helwani, LeBell repeated the claim.
He said: "When we had a little altercation or difference of opinion, there were thirty stuntmen and cameramen that were watching.
"Sometimes Steven has a tendency to cheese off the wrong people, and you can get hurt doing that."
Seagal has spoken out about the story and vehemently denied it happened.
"I don't even know if he's still alive. Is he still alive?" asked Seagal on The MMA Hour in 2015 when he was questioned as to whether the alleged story was true.
"Either he is a pathological liar or he had somebody making up these stories. He came over to my trailer, and he was with a guy named Conrad Palmisano, who is a legend and is still one of the greatest stunt coordinators in the history of Hollywood.
"We were talking about doing moves and stuff like that and we were stretching. He wanted to stretch my back, and I kind of flipped over the top of him and said ‘thank you for that.'
"There was never any confrontation with him, ever. In any way shape or form. I swear to that on my children, which are the most sacred thing in my life on my life.
"If he said that, he's a pathological scumbag liar. I keep answering that. Either he made up this lie or someone made it up."
MMA star Ronda Rousey, who was LeBell's trainee, made reference to the alleged incident during a chat with MMAinterviews in August 2012.
"If [Seagal] says anything bad about Gene to my face, I'd have to make him crap his pants a second time."
One bizarre story that definitely happened was Seagal driving a tank into a family home in March 2011.
As part of his reality TV show into fighting crime, Steven Seagal Lawman, the Reserve Deputy Sheriff was part of a team raiding the home of a man who was suspected of cock-fighting.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department team, which included Seagal, turned up at Jesus Sanchez Llovera's home in Arizona in full riot gear.
Seagal arrived on the scene driving a tank in footage that was taped for his show.
"I came in on the 150 [tank] and we broke down the gate," Seagal told local Phoenix news outlet KNXV.
"I deployed out on the side of the house, and guarded one side of the house, to see if anyone would run out."
According to Llovera, the police's raid caused "substantial damage" to his home and his 11-month old puppy was shot dead along with 100 roosters.
He was seeking $100,000 for the damages caused during the raid and demanded a "formal written apology" from Seagal himself to his children for the death of the "beloved family pet".
The lawsuit was dismissed in January 2013 when Llovera failed to file court-ordered paperwork after his attorney withdrew from the case.
Seagal has a close bond with Russian President Vladmir Putin, who personally handed him a Russian passport in November 2016.
He previously described Putin as "one of the great living world leaders" and expressed support for the annexation of Crimea by Russia, for which he was criticised.
Putin said he hoped the gesture would show a "normalisation" of strained relations between Washington and Moscow.
When Putin congratulated Seagal as they shook hands, the US actor replied in Russian: "Thank you very much."
Seagal called the passport a "great honour", while Putin responded by telling the Hollywood star he hoped their "personal relationship will remain and continue".
It certainly did, as Seagal was appointed as a special envoy between the US and Russia in August 2018.
The Russian foreign ministry announced Seagal would promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere".
However, Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years in May 2011 because he was considered a threat to national security.
In a letter, the Ukrainian security service stated the decision is made when a person has "committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security".
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