Steven Seagal is interviewed live on
"Echo - Mask" of Moscow radio station May 19, 2006
air of radio station « Echo of Moscow » - Steven Seagal, a film actor and the musician; doctor Jacob Brandt. The ether conducts
- Vladimir Varfolomeys
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ –
Good evening. You listen to radio « Echo of Moscow ». At a microphone Vladimir Varfolomeys. Our today's visitor – comrade
from the United States, the actor, the musician – Steven Seagal. Mister Seagal, good evening. Are glad to welcome you
in Moscow. And also I shall present in our studio: doctor Brandt, Jacob Brandt. Hello.
– Good evening
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ –
And in conversation will help us переводчица Natalia Shandybina.
First of all it is necessary to remind, in this connection mister Seagal has arrived to Moscow
– Perhaps, we shall listen all over again to a song?
– the Musical pause?
I. БРАНДТ – Yes. And then we shall explain, why
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – Let's and act.
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – Mister Seagal, at me to you a question,
what it for a song, and about what it?
Steven – This song how it is independent what person, what trade works:
whether it is the policeman, either the fireman, or the doctor – and it is constantly borrowed on the work, and it devotes
all life to work, it at all does not have time for its favorite wife, for the daughter. And when it leaves the house, those
ideas what it thinks, are sung in this pension.
– your party in this song, you the musician in what role?
Steven Seagal - is not important, whether I feel so
when I spend so a lot of time for the trade, I as the writer, simply I write that I see, that occurs around.
– That is you the author of a song?
SS– I absolutely have written all: both words, and music.
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – And on what tools play?
I play on a guitar
I. БРАНДТ – I wish to explain, that actually mister Seagal
writes music, words and also sings itself, all this executes – and in such role it for the first time предстанет
at our ceremony which takes place 21st. All of us it we know as the fine actor
– I so understand century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ,
what it of roles executes different, in a life of roles, Jacob much?
– Yes, naturally. In this case, and in a life too as it was found out. For me it was opening. We try to invite people
whom … I at once answer a question because me at once ask why, for example, Steven Seagal. I explain, because in all
films it struggles with a harm: whether it is good – badly, such or other methods it struggles with a harm
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – Remind of the ceremony, Jacob.
БРАНДТ – ceremony which refers to « Gold heart » on 21st of May takes place, it
is the premium which is founded for service to the maximum humanistic values of mankind. That is it is given to people who
are devoted the life to other people and try to facilitate to people and a life
– At me a question to you, Steven why successful rich taken place people, in this case film actors, are engaged in charity?
– Well, give I, first, with you I shall be absolutely frank. There are two types of people: it those people, which very
severe, that is those people who do all for public, for press, for the image. Especially for the last 3 – 4 years I
saw them in such huge quantity, but, certainly, I never in a life shall name their names. I do not know, in a rate you or
not, but for last 25 years I participate in various charitable actions much, I am itself the founder of several welfare funds,
in each country in what I happen, I try to visit госпитали where there
are children who die of a cancer, other people who die in Africa, starving, and I try to help them as much as possible. But
never in a life I invited press specially to show how I participate in these charitable actions.
– And what such people how you, can really make? I think, what at the some people the impression can be made, here there
have arrived to Moscow here remarkable directors, we have such expression in Russian « wedding generals » – people significant,
people remarkable, but can be real advantage of stars of cinema, TV, music requiring not so it is a lot of?
the rich person can Really come, invite press to which, to tell the truth, by and large, absolutely to spit on those who is
in hospital, to sign the check for 100 thousand dollars and to tell, buy it necessary medicines, but that I when I visit such
places do, I come and I sit down on a bed of the patient, I am was insolent for its hand and try to speak with it, with parents
and to present a part of the energy, the heart, the love to these people, and I so think, that it bring advantage, rather
than any additional material means much more.
I. БРАНДТ – Well I think, that actually such names large
are necessary not as « wedding generals » though that a sin to conceal, they draw attention of press, but the press is less
me excites, because people pay to this attention then becomes known, that many children require the help. We work, for example,
with the program of rescue of seriously ill patients of children « the Line of a life ». In the past to year after our ceremony
the stream of private donations has sharply increased: from 100 roubles up to several thousand dollars. People have started
to know, that this such, people have started to understand, that this such. People listen when there are such names which
them call to help children and hard sick people.
– Steven, whether much you know about Russia and about those problems with which people here collide?
I cannot tell, that I directly well very much know about all problems which draft here in the country, but at me is to learn
that here occurs because I know that in my roots Russian blood flows. I met personally many politicians, I met personally
Putin. And each time when I come here, I certainly learn as much as possible and more.
– And with Putin met not on a wrestling mat? It at us the fan of oriental combat sports.
SS – Certainly,
I know, that at it the favorite kind of sports is a judo. And it has figurine Карно Джигало,
which famous fighter. And I very much respect with it that it, certainly, itself was engaged a judo and is as though the follower
of east philosophy.
– One of the questions which have come from our listeners on the Internet-site of " the Echo of Moscow », says: « If
on a ring there will be two fighters, one studied айкидо, another – таэквондо
who will win? » And I переформулирую this
question. If not a ring will meet Сигал (Seagal) and Putin who will win?
SS – Well,
children, first, I would like to tell, that in connection with that I am very spiritually adjusted on this trip on participation
in your action « Gold heart », therefore I would not like so many to joke of this transfer. Therefore I met Putin and spoke
long enough. We discussed problems in the world, and I personally very much respect with it, and I like all its ideas which
it has informed me.
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ –
Here what you are engaged in charity, on it has affected yours … not hobby, and your employment by the Buddhism?
– Certainly, very much changes in a life when you devote the life and spend a lot of time with people who suffer and
which die. And it is not important, you adhere to what religion: whether you the Christian, a moslem or the Buddhist –
the main thing, that you during understanding of this religion itself become such person who can help to suffer to other people
– you yourselves can name century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ
the pacifist? More recently, I shall remind, Hollywood was divided on two parts in occasion of the Iraq war. The Most part
opposed wars, someone has supported Bush. In case of the war and peace, you borrow what position?
SS – I certainly
can name myself unequivocally pacifist, but basically I the soldier when I should be at war, I shall be at war
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – And as the United States concerning
Iran, the countries should act now, by the way, not another's to you. Whether it is necessary to be at war with Iran?
– I so think, that the United States have entered Iraq because of Iran. Basically, at Iran a problem. And certainly,
Iran is as though праотцем fundamentalism. I consider, that each person is
free in a choice of the religion, and in that album which you now put, there is just a song « My garden » in which it is sung
that, basically, all religions are identical. But I against the nuclear weapon, independently, in what country it am.
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – In your opinion if the government of
the United States, the government of your country, will begin war against Iran, you support it as the person?
Unfortunately, I am negative enough to it I concern, I, basically, consider, that it only a matter of time, basically, war,
probably, will begin. But as I was brought up outside of America, I was brought up in Asia, therefore for me this all is heavy
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – We shall return
after a small pause. I shall remind, on air of radio « Echo of Moscow » Steven Seagal.
– And we again on air. At a microphone Vladimir Varfolomeys. And our today's visitor – the American actor and
musician Steven Seagal. Well here in ипостаси the musician you know, to tell
the truth, a little, at least, here in Russia. This your new hobby, or for a long time be engaged in it?
To tell the truth, me it seems, that all the same many people in Russia know, that I the musician. Generally I have started
to play on musical instruments when to me was 5 more – 6 years. And I already participated in various rounds worldwide
and acted at concerts much earlier, than I have borrowed in actor's career.
– the majority of us basically is simple saw at you in hands knifes and automatic devices, and at all a guitar. And
to present such person strong, as you, with a musical instrument difficultly enough. Though at those concerts, on that performance
which will be in Moscow, I think, many can be convinced that our visitor owns different tools and the different weapon. In
this case I mean also a guitar too as the weapon which sounds get
SS – I have understood.
– we shall Translate?
SS – At me all is normal with a head, certainly, all I own, and to these too, thanks.
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – At us is a lot of questions
from listeners of " the Echo of Moscow », questions which in advance send on our Internet-site. I suggest to answer some of
them, maybe. For example such question from Edward: « Tell, please, that you appreciate above all in the man and the woman?
What to you it is the closest on spirit in east beliefs? »
SS – Love.
– we Shall go to a following question. Whether « you appreciate presence of sense of humour in people? And how you consider,
at you good sense of humour? » - Ilya Raevsky from Samara asks.
SS – I consider, that at me the best sense of
humor. I in general most юмористичный the person.
I the most ridiculous in this world
– the Question from Лиды Зурабовой from
the Caucasian republic Ingushetia: « you the second the man in the world, - for some reason the second, - after Ruslana Aushev
behind whom any woman will go on edge of light: so you are courageous and charming. A question: whether is not present at
you in a sort of an impurity of the Caucasian blood? »
SS – First, I wish to be the first.
– Лида, you heard, Steven Seagal the first!
SS – First, at me any Russian blood,
and, probably, any Mongolian because see, at me such eyes flows: a little bit slanting and lowered.
– the Question from Maria from Nizhni Novgorod …
SS – Yes, and Sicilian, certainly too blood, therefore
I such. Therefore at me dark enough leather, because in the south of Sicily very big influence of the African roots.
ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – the Question from Maria: « Dear Steven,
whether hard time to act as all of you in role of the superhero? »
SS – Yes I consider, that the more I can
be the superhero, the better it for everything, and I still itself am happy from it.
– whether « you Observe any diets for maintenance of the form and prolongation of a life? » - Andrey is interested
– In four days I again get on a diet because I prepare for new film which will be removed in Louisiana from July, 1st.
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ – There will rescue again
SS – no this film more about a blues, about people, about color people, about what live in Louisiana,
about their struggle
Century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ –
Well, and last, probably, a question on which we shall have time to give the developed answer now. I have specially prepared
for it in end of our conversation. Sergey from Moscow suburbs: « What your musical preferences? What play? » Can, leave from
SS – First, I have grown in such an
atmosphere where I was surrounded with legendary musicians, блюзовые musicians.
(IN RUSSIAN): « Legendary! »
– you heard century ВАРФОЛОМЕЕВ,
how it has sounded! It is the special answer that who does not trust, that Steven Seagal has Russian roots! Thanks big. Steven
Seagal on a visit on radio « Echo of Moscow ».
SS – Thanks.
– And here bright acknowledgement of its musical predilections, a living example now will finish our conversation.