Well, everyone has an ego; I don't think anyone is above the law in that regard. Personally, though, looking at Steven Seagal's life and career, its hard to kill this suspicion that ego was his main motivating drive. This is just my opinion; I hope I'm not marked for death by any of Seagal's students or fans, who are out for justice for their great hero. I know as an aikido instructor Seagal has taught a great number of aikidoka, and if I were to be under siege by any number of them, man, I'd be on deadly ground. ... uh... Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Damnit, I knew I shouldn't have made the executive decision to try to do them in chronological order! I don't even know how I was going to deal with "The Glimmer Man," constructing a clever double entendre with that would really require some creative fire, uh.... down below...
This is a really entertaining post, Sy. I think I've seen all those, if Dark Territory involves a 10 year old girl utilizing nikkyo on a bad guy. Some say the greatest actors can play roles that are totally different. I don't know whether Seagal can, but he doesn't. However, there is something really different and intriguing to me about his role(s). He's got this extreme masculinity going on, all the while with some sort of effeminate grace. I have just begun my second viewing of The Glimmer Man, which I got in the mail from Netflix today. Although often solo in his movies, he and Keenan Ivory Wayans as homicide partners surprisingly mesh pretty well. Actually, in Under Siege he partners up with Erika Eleniak, but that's all downhill after the cake scene ;-)
Anyway, I think it would be exciting to train with Seagal Sensei someday, and if the narcissism is so thick in the air that I can't breathe, that will be it. Some things I knock before I try, but this one I would go into with as little prejudgment as possible.