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‘Hard to Kill’ Seagal talks drug war with ‘The Punisher’ Duterte

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 12:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 9:21pm

US actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in Above the Law, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila.

Video released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte.

Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for a forthcoming film which will be “about illegal drugs and other crimes”, a presidential palace statement said.

The statement said that Duterte told Seagal that “movies are a reflection of life” and “reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical”.

Duterte has been involved in a deadly drug war since taking office last June, and on Wednesday ordered all drug operations be left to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct in the brutal crackdown that has left thousands of Filipinos dead.

Earlier this week, Seagal said at a news conference in Manila that he did not think the Philippines was “a dangerous place”.

“It’s a place that’s up and coming with the new leadership,” The Philippine Star reported him as saying.

Duterte was nicknamed “The Punisher” because of his zero-tolerance of crime and drugs during the 22 years he was mayor of southern city of Davao.

A former martial arts instructor, Seagal is famous for action hero roles in blockbuster movies in the 1990s, such as Under Siege and Hard To Kill.

He has also starred in a reality television series called Steven Seagal: Lawman, in which he carries out duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana.