Steven Seagal considers running for Arizona state governor

Although action movie star and martial arts expert famed for his roles in Under Siege and Hard to Kill admits the role would entail more issues than just his speciality - law and order

Hollywood action star Steven Seagal says he may consider running for state governor of Arizona, but realises that taking such a job would be tough.

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The 61-year-old actor, who is currently promoting the latest series of his fly-on-the-wall cop show Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County, said he had spoken about mounting a campaign with Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.

“I suppose I would remotely consider it, but I would have a lot of other responsibilities there,” Seagal told US ABC 15 Taking Action News.

When asked about the biggest problem facing America today, he said: “Believe it or not, I think it is open borders… people are talking about Islamic terrorism in America, I don’t think it’s that at all – I think our biggest problem is open borders.”

If Seagal, famous for his roles in action movies like Under Seige and Hard to Kill, were to run for governor, he would be the latest in a long line of actors who’ve turned to politics in the USA.  Some of the most famous success stories include former President Ronald Reagan who appeared in more than 50 films before becoming California governor in 1966 and Arnold Schwarzenegger who served two consecutive terms as California governor, between 2003 and 2011.

Other notable politicos to come from the entertainment ranks include Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a professional wrestler who became Minnesota governor in 1998, and Clint Eastwood, who ran for mayor of his hometown Carmel, California in 1986.

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Here’s that interview in full: