The action movie veteran has reportedly been asked to train the country's special police units in the art of Aikido.
On the big screen, we’ve seen Steven Seagall use his sizeable knowledge of martial arts to save the world on so many occasions it’s not even worth keeping count. He’s now apparently being offered the opportunity to apply his skills in the real world, with a reported job offer of training the Serbian special police forces in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
The 63 year old actor recently paid a three-day visit to the Serbian capital of Belgrade, and there he met with the country’s Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, and the pro-Russian president, Tomislav Nikolic. He was there to receive an award for humanitarian work that has benefitted the state, but talks apparently have led to this eyebrow-raising offer.
Steven Seagal has reportedly been offered a job training Serbian special police forces
The actor was thanked by US politicians for making many of the meetings happen in the first place.
Steven Seagal was visiting Russia last week, not for a holiday or for a film shoot, but to work with United States delegates who were visiting the country to investigate further April's Boston marathon bombing. The action star has built up friendships with a number of high-ranking Russian officials and used his connections to help out his own country as they further investigate bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev had spend six months visiting the South Russian province of Dagestan last year, and Seagal had set up the meeting between US and Russian officials to check if there was any kind of intelligence failure in the lead-up to the bombing and to potentially find any new information about the suspect. Although the move was altogether a failure, offering no new insight into the attack or any of the suspects, visiting delegate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said the help of Seagal made the whole thing possible in the first place.
Rohrabacher admitted to the press upon their return that he and Seagal had known each other for some time and had regularly talked about "thwarting radical Islamic terrorism," with the politician adding that Seagal's influence had been vital in setting up certain meetings, including the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin. He said, "I don't know if he would have been available to us without Steven actually suggesting that he do that. We are very pleased that he opened up some doors for us so we could have some very high level discussions."
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