An actor who has starred in a string of big action movies is reportedly contemplating a bid to become the governor of Arizona. People magazine reports that Steven Seagal, known for movies including "Under Siege," "Above the Law" and "On Deadly Ground," has said he would "remotely" consider the move.
Seagal, a 61-year-old martial arts expert, is quoted commenting to Phoenix news station ABC15 about the idea: "It was kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it."
"Seagal made the remarks while promoting his Reelz Channel reality series, ‘Steven Seagal — Lawman: Maricopa County,’" the report notes. "On the series, Seagal teams up with controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose policies and views regarding racial profiling have made him a flashpoint in immigration law."
Asked about the top problem facing the state of Arizona, Seagal said: "I think it’s open borders. I think that across these borders any kind of terrorism can come, and does come."
The story adds: "He also defended his co-star, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff,’ telling ABC15, ‘Is Joe Arpaio a racist? No, he’s not. And I’m not going to say I don’t think he’s not, he’s not.’"
Another celebrity who’s looking into politics is "American Idol" alum Clay Aiken, who recently said he’s "actively considering" running for Congress in North Carolina, the report notes.