In End of a Gun Steven Seagal Racks a Round Out of the Chamber — And I Love It!

Aside from a number of cringe-worthy direct-to-video cinematic appearances, Steve Seagal has made some great good movies. Under Siege is a classic of sorts. Having met Mr. Seagal at SHOT Show a couple of years ago, I can attest to the fact that the Michigan-born actor/entrepreneur/singer/honorary Serbian/martial artist/Reserve Deputy Chief/environmentalist is so cool you’d swear he’s drugged.

Anyway, I’m delighted to welcome Mr. Seagal’s cinematic return, complete with some not-entirely-objectionable plastic surgery, an extra gravelly voice and Eastwood-like monochromatic line delivery. That said . . .

You’ve got to wonder why Mr. Seagal’s racking a gun with a round in the chamber. Especially for a complete gun guy — who’s not averse to using a tank in “real life.”

Come to think of it, maybe the producers insisted on the racking sound so beloved of action movies, and Seagal said fine, but I’m not racking on an empty chamber. Yeah, let’s go with that.

When was the last time you saw a Seagal movie (and which one was it)?


  1. avatar -Peter says:

    That looks completely terrible.

    Under Siege 2 (aka “The Train Movie”) was the last one of his I saw, and ever will see.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I dunno man, Executive Decision (although he died immediately so it’s certainly NOT a Seagal movie), The Glimmer Man, and Exit Wounds (turns out DMX is a better actor than Seagal) were acceptable movies.

    2. avatar Peter says:

      Actually, nevermind. I was thinking about the movie “Broken Arrow.” That movie was pretty good.

  2. avatar anonymoose says:

    I’ll watch it when it’s on basic cable.

  3. avatar ready,fire,aim says:


  4. avatar DrewN says:

    Cinematic return? Dude has made at least 15 movies in the last 2 or 3 years and every one I’ve seen is beyond terrible.

    1. avatar BLAMMO says:

      Somehow, I knew that. Without seeing any of them. You should learn.

    2. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      He’s made straight-to-video movies. I think this is his first movie that’ll actually play in a theater in that stretch of time.

  5. avatar Hank says:

    Maybe he did it to show how stupid Hollywood is?

  6. avatar Anner says:

    Another 3yrs and his speech will be a low guttural growl, no decipherable English at all. Then the transformation is complete.

  7. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Yes, every time I see a fat guy in a goatee and suit I think “I bet he kicks a lot of ass. I’m sure dime bitches come to him for money heists.”

    Seriously though, this was sponsored content, right? Please tell me you get paid for these kinds of shills. I can respect a man who does it for money, honestly.

  8. avatar Wood says:

    Seagal’s movies are just fine for background noise while doing other mundane things. I think the last one I “watched” was Hard To Kill. And you can take that to the bank.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:


  9. avatar jwm says:

    He’s an actor?

  10. avatar Adub says:

    I’ll watch Under Siege any time it’s on because it’s utterly entertaining, but he pretty much went straight to video after the sequel.

    Still, as Ice-T said after making Leprechaun 4: In The Hood, when somebody offers you fifty thousand dollars for two days of work, you’ve got to be an arrogant SOB to say no. It ain’t Shakespeare, but money’s money.

  11. avatar Ralph says:

    Pffffft. That would never happen to Chuck Norris. And he has a better toupee.

    1. avatar Badgerman says:

      Holy cow Ralph, be careful using Chuck’s name in vain, he could be in your closet ready to scalp you this instant!!! Lol.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Wait — are you saying that Chuck Norris is in the closet?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          badgerman is claiming Norris is gay? Wait til I e mail chuck and tell him what badgerman said.

        2. avatar Arizona Free says:

          (spoken in low gravely voice)
          Never degrade The Norris.
          Always respect The Norris. Always.

        3. avatar Frank in VA says:

          Ralph, ask the boogieman.

        4. avatar ropingdown says:

          I think Badgerman was suggesting that Chuck might be about to come out of the closet fast, with you being the only other person in the room.

          That really doesn’t sound fun no matter what variation of “in the closet” was meant.

  12. avatar 2A approved says:

    Stove pipe ??????? FTF who knows. zzzzzzzzzz

  13. avatar CTstooge says:

    Chick with Kelly Lebrock accent…check.
    Lame-O fat-guy karate moves…check.

    Cinematic genius…wait, where’s the ponytail?

  14. avatar Bud Harton says:

    I saw him shoot in person one time and he is actually really good with a .45

    For the life of me, I can’t think of anything else nice to say

    1. avatar DrewN says:

      Yeah, I saw him give a demo somewhere early in his movie career and he could definitely shoot. He also did a little disarm/compliance familiarization thing that was pretty impressive. He actually seemed like a very good instructor from what I saw.

      1. avatar MLee says:

        He knows his stuff but he’s a galactic idiot also. He’s needlessly brutal on stunt people and he’s a complete knob.
        When you Google up who is Hollywood’s biggest idiots, his name always tops the list.
        I did a fight scene for a movie earlier this year because of my martial arts background. My opponent was 1/3 of my age. You can still make it look very real and good without intentionally hurting people. I won’t go see anything he makes. Now as far as firearms training, I’d take classes from him in a cold heartbeat.

        1. avatar Kevin in CO says:

          There’s a story that a fellow actor/martial artist choked him out on set, and made him lose bowel control. He DOES have that rep for pissing people off, so…

      2. avatar Arizona Free says:

        How hard is it to tape someone shooting and then cut to them looking over a shot up target.

  15. avatar Kendahl says:

    Maybe my public library will buy a copy. Otherwise, I won’t watch it. I try to avoid stupid places and anyplace, like a movie theater, that is attractive to mass murderers qualifies as stupid.

    I do have to give Seagal credit for his martial arts and shooting skills. Ditto for Chuck Norris.

  16. avatar barnbwt says:

    Norris wouldn’t shill for the KGB, that’s for sure (we NEED a Norris v Seagall epic done up in neo-Cold War fashion, yesterday…preferably with katanas)

    1. avatar Kendahl says:

      In the movie Lone Wolf McQuade, Norris was matched up with David Carradine (Kung Fu).

  17. avatar Leo says:

    A) He got old
    B) is that hair glued in?
    C) Under Siege was the only good movie with him

  18. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Marked For Death.
    Pretty good moves in one of his pre-fat days.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      “You guys think you’re above the law. Well, you ain’t above mine.”

      — Above the Law (1988)


      1. avatar Frank in VA says:

        “I’m gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank.”

        -Hard to Kill (1990)

      2. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

        My wife was in that masterpiece Ralph! She couldn’t understand how he was the star…but mentioned what a nice person Pam Grier was. Seagal is a real badazz in real life. I watched a bit of him on Lawman. He flipped some really big cops like raggedy Ann dolls…oh and he might have been the 1st guy ever to shoot 2 handed correctly with a semi-auto on film. Haven’t watch Steve in quite awhile.

  19. avatar Anonymous says:

    I always wanted to be an honorary Serbian.

  20. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    At least the gun didn’t make that hollow racking sound you hear when the slide is racked without a round…

  21. avatar Shawn says:

    Easy Stallone

  22. avatar TXGungal says:

    Never seen a single one of his movies, but the sound of a properly racked a pistol is sweet.

  23. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    He should go over the top ala army of darkness. That would be a great flick.

  24. avatar Katy says:

    Makes sense. He probably figured he could donate a round, just to make it a fair fight.

  25. avatar Michael says:

    I toured his 11,000 sq. Ft. Log cabin in siskiyou county, he’s no environmentalist…

  26. avatar Anonymous says:

    I can’t bring myself to watch the Segal scene, but there are reasons one might rack a slide with a round in the chamber.

    I carry Isreali style holsterless in the hot and mild months, while in the cold months I carry with a holster, and a round in the chamber. We have more hot and mild months than cold months.

    I practice a lot with my Isreali style carry. Because of my holsterless Isreali style carry, I now have developed the habit of racking my slide 100% of the time when I draw, even if there’s a round in the chamber. It’s just a habit.

    I get that Isreali style carry isn’t for everyone, but it’s my chosen method.

    Another reason might be that it’s a striker-fired gun, and the round failed to discharge. He would have to eject the round.

  27. avatar strych9 says:

    How does he have time to film all these movies when he’s so busy teaching crazy kicks to UFC fighters?

  28. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    If pretty much everyone who worked with the guy says the equivalent of he’s an @$$ then I suspect he really is. It may well have been an accident, but someone with his level of skills should be careful enough not to break the wrist of the major star of the movie he is training the guy for:

    Not a fan of this guy.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      I think the jury’s still out, even on that one.
      There’s an interview where Connery basically says it was his own fault, and that he didn’t even know the wrist was broken until years later.

      OTOH, the student’s safety is pretty much the responsibility of the sensei. He’s the guy who is supposed to know what he’s doing and be in control of the situation at all times.
      Like this guy:

  29. avatar Groutboy says:

    Wait! Is this a SYFI channel production! ?

    1. avatar Adub says:

      Nah, there’s no giant alligator or flying sharks. Or a squid bred with a dinosaur.

      1. avatar Wood says:

        Aw man, I love those. Don’t forget “lavalantula”. Yes I always watch Tremors too.

  30. avatar jug says:

    Steve saw a gull?

  31. avatar JT says:

    Sorry, I cannot help him with his retirement. It looks grade B.

  32. avatar samuraichatter says:

    Seagal can fight – not even a maybe there. But you can have great fighting prowess and still be a tool. The thing I do not like about Seagal movies is he is too in control. He dominates ever time – no struggle, no heart, just “winning” Hollywood style. Even Bruce Lee took a couple of shots. Seagal seems largely above it all. I would love to see Seagal square off against someone with some mad skills.

    1. avatar Crowbar says:

      I saw a documentary about him back when he was still popular. It had footage of him training Aikido, I believe in Japan. You got to see Mr. Seagal getting his ass handed to him.

    2. avatar FedUp says:

      He choreographs all his own fight scenes, and gets in fights with directors a lot over it.
      “there’s no way that guy could ever land a punch on my character, it wouldn’t be realistic to make the fight look fair” sort of thinking.

      OTOH, traditional action movie fight scenes leave a lot to be desired in the realism category.
      How many times have you seen the hero fight his way through 10-20 minions, thugs who were hired as bodyguards for the big bad guy, and then when the hero gets to the bad guy after wiping out his entire herd of bodyguards, the kingpin turns out to be a better fighter than the hero, and the hero only wins when the kingpin makes a mistake after defeating him.

  33. avatar olivehead says:

    Seagal has been in three and only three good and/or entertaining flicks: Above the Law, Out for Justice (a lot of great lines and action in that one), and Under Siege. After Under Siege I went to see On Deadly Ground in the theater and that pretty much ended my viewing of any new Seagal “projects.”

  34. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    I rented Under Siege on VHS.
    Only thing I remember was Erika Eleniak jumping out of a cake.
    Maybe I remember it so well because of the number of times I watched those ten seconds. Over. and over. and over.

    1. avatar LDBandit says:

      There ya go, Curtis. 🙂

  35. avatar AR says:

    In which movie did he break the baddies (Jamacian druggies?) elbows backwards over his shoulder?

    I’ll wait for John Wick II.

  36. avatar Bob says:

    This guy has Devolved in to a waste. Fake accent, overweight, hyped up, lack of pubic interest and woe of talent. Go away.

  37. avatar MyPrettyAr15 says:

    A lot of the hollywood action stars who rake in millions with movies where they have a gun in their hand the entire time are rabidly anti-gun, so I am extremely skeptical of spending a single penny to watch anything out of Hollywood anymore. As long as I keep the personal boycott with my cash up, I win and they lose. I don’t where Seagal is in spectrum of things, but I feel better just skipping all of them.

  38. avatar mike says:

    Seagal and Van Damme make the best B movies ever.

  39. avatar KMc says:

    I believe this could be his finest work:

  40. avatar Terry says:

    I hate to admit it but he is my guilty pleasure movie guy, I can’t help but watch them!

  41. avatar Patrick Shannon says:

    Guilty pleasure, indeed. I think his best movie was his first: “Above the Law”. Here is the man at his prime— slender, beautiful, fast and lethal as a snake:

    What a shame, that he eventually turned into such a fat, arrogant, narcissist.

    1. avatar Frank in VA says:

      Contrast him with Jean-Claude Van Damme who is still in shape and takes roles that parody himself.

      JCVD has a new comedy series pilot on Amazon Prime called Jean-Claude Van Johnson where he plays himself as an aging former action star who rides a Segway to the driveway to get the paper every day and has all the plumbing in his house rigged to dispense coconut water. He catches sight of an ex girlfriend in a hipster dry ramen bar, which leads to him coming out of retirement as his alter ego, secret agent “Johnson”, to try and win her back. I got some chuckles out of it. It may or may not turn into a series, depending on how well it’s received.

  42. avatar David says:

    Wonder if he is still doing the Rinpoche thing- apparently he was recognized as a Tulku, that is a reincarnated lama, by the head of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s sects. He did a tour giving “teachings” in the early 2000s. The whole Buddhist community was pretty flabbergasted.

  43. avatar Piney Power says:

    It’s just not tactical without his middle eastern , Arafat lookin’ scarf. Shemagh.

  44. avatar Don from CT (Escaped to MA where at least there are lots of good jobs) says:

    The “I’m looking for a man and a woman. He looks like a cop, she looks like a stripper” might make the entire movie.

  45. avatar adverse4 says:

    That honey would make me rack a few rounds. (at my age, failure to fire).

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