John Leguizamo says he based his The Menu character on ‘horrible human’ Steven Seagal

John Leguizamo says he based his washed-up action star character in The Menu on ‘horrible human’ Steven Seagal

John Leguizamo recently said that he based his character in The Menu on ‘horrible human’ Steven Seagal.

The 62-year-old character actor plays a has-been action star in the black comedy horror film and he didn’t shy away from revealing his source of inspiration. 

Leguizamo, who has worked in Hollywood for three decades, blasted the 70-year-old martial arts icon in a new interview last week. 

His secret ingredient: John Leguizamo, 62, recently said that he based his character in The Menu on 'horrible human' Steven Seagal, 70

His secret ingredient: John Leguizamo, 62, recently said that he based his character in The Menu on ‘horrible human’ Steven Seagal, 70

Unsavory: 'I kind of based mine on Steven Seagal,' John told Entertainment Weekly, opening up about how he prepared for his washed-up action star in The Menu. 'I had a bad run-in with him,' he explained. 'We did a movie together'

Unsavory: ‘I kind of based mine on Steven Seagal,’ John told Entertainment Weekly, opening up about how he prepared for his washed-up action star in The Menu. ‘I had a bad run-in with him,’ he explained. ‘We did a movie together’

‘I kind of based mine on Steven Seagal,’ John told Entertainment Weekly, opening up about how he prepared for his washed-up action star in The Menu.

‘I had a bad run-in with him,’ he explained. ‘We did a movie together. It was Executive Decision.’

Executive Decision was a hit 1996 action film starring Kurt Russel as an intelligence operative who rescues an airliner hijacked by terrorists. 

Leguizamo played Russel’s sidekick while Seagal’s Lieutenant Colonel was surprisingly killed in a first-act plot twist, much to Leguizamo’s relief, it seems. 

‘He’s kind of a horrible human,’ he told Entertainment Weekly. 

Black belt in being horrible: 'He's kind of a horrible human,' Leguizamo told Entertainment Weekly, blasting the martial arts icon

Black belt in being horrible: ‘He’s kind of a horrible human,’ Leguizamo told Entertainment Weekly, blasting the martial arts icon

‘I’ve met lots of these stars like that,’ said John. ‘Maybe before they were washed up. I mean, now they’re washed-up.’

The prolific Leguizamo has a long list of acting credits under his belt, with well-respected turns in hit films that include 1993’s Carlito’s Way, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2014’s John Wick and last year’s Encanto.    

The Menu stars Ralph Feinnes as a celebrity chef who concocts multiple courses of terror for twelve exclusive dinner guests, one of whom is John’s has-been action star.

Leguizamo can next be seen in the upcoming holiday flick Violent Night, playing a villainous mercenary who attacks a wealthy family on Christmas Eve. 

Premiering December 2, the action-packed black comedy will see Leguizamo’s character duke it out with Santa Claus himself, who steps in to save the day. 

In addition to speaking out about his unsavory former costars, Leguizamo has recently used his prominent voice to fight for increased diversity in Hollywood. 

Well-respected: The prolific Leguizamo has a long list of acting credits under his belt, with turns in hit films that include 1993's Carlito's Way, 1996's Romeo + Juliet, 2014's John Wick and last year's Encanto

Well-respected: The prolific Leguizamo has a long list of acting credits under his belt, with turns in hit films that include 1993’s Carlito’s Way, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2014’s John Wick and last year’s Encanto

His latest film: The Menu stars Ralph Feinnes as a celebrity chef who concocts multiple courses of terror for twelve exclusive dinner guests, one of whom is John's has-been action star

His latest film: The Menu stars Ralph Feinnes as a celebrity chef who concocts multiple courses of terror for twelve exclusive dinner guests, one of whom is John’s has-been action star

The Emmy winner – who was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in New York City –published an open letter in The Los Angeles Times earlier this month, calling attention to the lack of Latino representation in films and on TV

‘If you look Latino,’ wrote the star, ‘or if you have a Latino last name, the odds are against you in Hollywood.’

In his interview with EW, Leguizamo explained: ‘What I tried to do in this letter was make sure I didn’t leave any excuses for Hollywood to continue its aggressive exclusion of Latin people.’

‘Why do the white people get to be overrepresented in film and storytelling?’ he asked. ‘It’s just not equitable, there’s not parity. It’s not okay.’ 

And when it comes to the infamous Seagal, all roads lead to controversy. 

The Above the Law star – who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault – was banned from entering Ukraine for five years in 2017 after Putin gave him citizenship and personally handed the actor his Russian passport after he vocally supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea. 

Notorious: The Above the Law star – who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault – was banned from entering Ukraine for five years in 2017 after Putin gave him citizenship and personally handed the actor his Russian passport after he vocally supported Russia's annexation of Crimea

Notorious: The Above the Law star – who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault – was banned from entering Ukraine for five years in 2017 after Putin gave him citizenship and personally handed the actor his Russian passport after he vocally supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea

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