Steven Seagal (Hard To Kill, Out For Justice) was one of the hottest martial arts action movie stars of the early 1990s. Unfortunately, he also has a reputation that follows him of being extremely difficult to work with from those that have dealt with him on movie sets - in real life and even on Saturday Night Live.
David Spade recently outed Seagal as the worst celebrity host that he experienced during his time on SNL (1990-1996). Comments from one cast member wouldn't necessarily be compelling evidence, but Segal has a rather negative reputation that follows him from project to project.
The task of guest hosting Saturday Night Live is a coveted in show business; there is no better sign that a celebrity has "made it" than hosting the NBC sketch comedy series. When questioned about who the worst celebrity host to work with was in a recent interview with Watch What Happens Live, David Spade admitted the action star was probably the worst SNL host he worked with, saying of his April 1991 episode appearance:
"He was a little tough. He was actually tough and he was tough to work with. It was hard. He did not want to play along."
This isn't the first time that Spade and his castmates have spoken out publicly about the disastrous experience with Seagal. In the new book "Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live" by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales a number of SNL alumni open up about working with Steven Seagal.
David Spade revealed that Steven Seagal didn't want to go along with the plan for the week and that he heard talk at the time about actually replacing him and making it the first ever all-cast episode of SNL. SNL alumni Julia Sweeney (1990-1994) had this to say about the difficult host in the book:
"When we pitched our ideas for Seagal at our Monday meeting, he gave us some of his own sketch ideas. And some of his sketch ideas were so heinous, but so hilariously awful, it was like we were on Candid Camera."
Sweeney goes on to explain one such idea of Seagal's:
"He had this idea that he's a therapist and he wanted Victoria Jackson to be his patient who's just been raped. And the therapist says, 'You're going to have to come to me twice a week for like three years,' because, he said, 'that's how therapists f***ing are. They're just trying to get your money.' And then he says that the psychiatrist tries to have sex with her."
It isn't just an isolated incident on Saturday Night Live that has given Seagal a negative reputation. John Leguizamo recalled a story years ago when he did an interview on QTV:
“We were in rehearsals for Executive Decision. I’m playing his Master Sargeant and we come in for rehearsals and he says, ‘I’m in command. Everything I say is law. Anybody doesn’t agree?’ I was like, ‘Bwahahaha.’ I started cracking up because he sounded like a retard and he came up and he Taekwondo’ed my ass against the brick and he [hit me with his elbow],” Leguizamo recalled. “He’s six-foot-five and he caught me off guard and knocked all of the air out of me and I was like, ‘Why?! Why?!’ I really wanted to say how big and fat he was and that he runs like a girl, but I didn’t because all I could say was, ‘Why?!’ Why’d he slam me against the wall? We were rehearsing. What’s the bid deal? Why can’t I call him names? If I can’t let it out it’s going to build like a cancer.”
Apparently the feud still exists to Steven Seagal, Leguizamo has heard that he still has him Marked For Death:
“His publicist told my publicist that he wants to punch me out, but he can’t because he’s going to be in jail soon, so I’ll be fine. He is [going to jail] isn’t he? That’s what I heard. I better stop talking about him. I thought he was getting put away for a while.”
Saturday Night Live airs every Saturday night at 11:35 PM eastern on NBC.
Source: Watch What Happens Live