EntertainmentAndrew Davis reflects on "The Fugitive" and difficult days with Seagal

Andrew Davis reflects on "The Fugitive" and difficult days with Seagal

Stevan Seagal wags his finger
Stevan Seagal wags his finger
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1 July 2024 17:31, updated: 1 July 2024 17:48

On the 30th anniversary of the premiere of "The Fugitive," Andrew Davis, the director of this box office hit, gave an interview in which he shared his memories associated with Steven Seagal. Davis, who gained worldwide fame thanks to the film Above the Law," kickstarted Seagal's career, and he is known as "the guy with the ponytail."

"The Fugitive," starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), became among the most influential movies of the 90s. The adaptation of the popular series about a doctor wrongly accused of murdering his wife is still considered a model action film. "The Fugitive" received seven Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Cinematography, and Music.

The conversation with Andrew Davis on the 30th anniversary of "The Fugitive" revealed many interesting facts from the film set. The director mentioned that he received the offer to direct thanks to the success of "Under Siege," starring Steven Seagal. When asked about working with Seagal, Davis replied, "He was a pain in the neck."

Davis recalled his experiences with Seagal while working on "Above the Law."

"I had a meeting with Warner Bros., and they said: 'We want you to meet this guy, Steven Seagal. I was like, 'Who is Steven Seagal? He didn't look like anyone else with that ponytail and the aikido moves. It really launched him."
"He had become arrogant. Tommy Lee is actually in a lot more of Under Siege than Steven Seagal! But it all worked out: Under Siege became Seagal's biggest movie, and it got me The Fugitive," Davis recalls.

The 76-year-old director has several more box office hits to his name, such as "A Perfect Murder" with Michael Douglas, "Collateral Damage" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "The Guardian" with Kevin Costner. On the other hand, Steven Seagal starred in increasingly less successful productions, which mainly went to the home video market.

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