I can't lie, I like his movies. They are hilarious, even though they aren't meant to be.
Well, you know, when you get down to movies, that's a really great world and there is a great tradition of martial arts movies in both the east and the west. They have a great depth and you can see them on many levels. Movies like Shogun's Executioner and Lone Wolf and Cub, Yojimbo and those kinds of things created a world that reflected ancient Japan and always carried strong moral content. And they didn't have to over-gorify the violence in a vain attempt for "realism" that is far, far, crazily far from "realistic."
And the Chinese made Kid With The Golden Arm, Ninja Challenge, and all the Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies which may be less "realistic" but are deeper than Seagal's anti-superman ego-trip.
I was watching Fire Down Below with my wife and she said, "You look like that guy in that movie."
I was shocked. I said, "I look like Steven Seagal?"
She said, "No. That guy." pointing at Harry Dean Stanton.
"Oh," I said. "Okay."
It's better than looking like Seagal!!!