Steven Seagal insists he is a "real" action hero.
The burly actor - who forged his reputation in popular movies like 'Above the Law' and 'Under Siege' - explained that he does many of the action scenes that his peers only pretend to do.
Speaking to ShortList magazine, he said: "I'm somebody who has been doing action a long time and who is a real action person in the sense that I've really done - and do - many of the things that other people pretend to do in their movies."
Seagal has, in fact, acted as a reserve deputy sheriff for 20 years on the border of Arizona in the Southwestern United States, a role that has seen him "put on a bulletproof vest and a machine gun and chase the bad guys".
He added: "I'm chasing high-risk people, dealing with murder, rape, armed robbery. That's what I do. So I look at myself as a real guy."
Seagal went on to claim that the action heroes of today are not expected to perform their own stunts and can instead rely on special effects.
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