Charlize Theron has spoken out against Steven Seagal, calling him a ‘fraud’ and an ‘incredibly overweight’ actor after working alongside him in a film.
The actress, who has taken on many action-heavy roles, previously remarked that she wasn’t ‘impressed’ by recordings of Steven Seagal fighting during his Japanese martial art tournament, Aikido.
Her comments, bashing the famous martial artist, resurfaced in 2020 when Theron spoke out on The Howard Stern Show to promote her film The Old Guard. She called Seagal’s combat scenes a “whole setup.”
Seagal obviously denies this, and has since claimed he is in fact a black belt in Karate.
“When I make a movie like this, at night, I’ll go online just to watch fighters or watch people fight. You always come across that odd Seagal video of him fighting in Japan, but he really isn’t,” Theron said.
“He’s just incredibly overweight and pushing people. He’s overweight, and he barely fights. Look it up. It’s ridiculous. He’s just shoving people in the face. It’s like a whole setup.”
Theron continued in the harsh interview by saying that the only reason she has no difficulty speaking negatively about the actor is because he is “not very nice to women.”
She said: “I have no problem talking s**t about him because he’s not very nice to women, so f**k you.”
In the past, Seagal has been charged with sexual assault and harassment, but the actor has vehemently refuted all claims.
In a statement to USA Today, Segal’s lawyer, Anthony Falangetti, also refuted the accusations, saying: “The allegations that have been made against Mr. Seagal are false and have no substantive material support.
“The accounts of both women are completely fictitious and totally made up. The allegations are a disservice to women who are victimised because of real predators in the film industry.”
After hearing Theron’s resurfaced comments, dozens have spoken out, with one social media user writing: “I was a big fan of Seagal in his earlier days… I learned the basics of Aikido as I was inspired by him… But just like other martial artists who eventually shifted to guns instead of bare hands, like Jet Li, Snipes, and Van Damme, I lost interest with Seagal, especially when he looked more like the villain instead of the good guy in his movies.”
While a second said: “Doesn’t surprise me what she says, I am not a fan of hers, she is too full of herself. I find her very critical, she doesn’t hold anything back. Things are left best unsaid as they say, you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all. Even if Steven is over weight that is non of her business, she isn’t perfect, no one is.”
Many fans attempted to defend Seagal, “Seagal is definitely skilled, but the usefulness of those skills are questionable. However you can look at it as the preservation of art form, and that makes him a master of his art. He has his own dojo in Japan, which isn’t an easy accomplishment for a foreigner,” a third added.
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