Mentre sopra La vista la settimana scorsa, Leguizamo, 62, discussed his new thriller The Menu, in which he plays a former action movie actor invited to a highly exclusive private island for a dining experience. The ensemble cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau and Janet McTeer.
“It’s really about addressing sort of a privilege and entitlement that all these people … that have too much money and want to be exclusive and keep people out. And then they get punished for their sins,” Leguizamo said of the plot.
“Everybody’s got, Come, a sin; mine, obviously in the movie, is being a failed action star,” Lui continuò. “And I worked with a lot of action stars that became washed up and failures. That’s what I based it on. I’m not gonna name names, but if one pops into your head — Steven Seagal, by any chance.”
The actor — who co-starred with Seagal, Ora 70, nel 1996 film Executive Decision — then sipped from his mug while the audience and co-hosts laughed. Co-host Sunny Hostin then said, “And this is why we love you. Because you speak truth to power.”
Leguizamo also told Intrattenimento settimanale about the Seagal inspiration, detto, “I’ve met lots of these stars like that, maybe before they were washed up. Voglio dire, Ora they’re washed-up. I kind of based mine on Steven Seagal. I had a bad run-in with him. We did a movie together. Era Executive Decision. He’s kind of a horrible human.”
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A rep for Seagal did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Seagal is known for such ’90s action movies as On Deadly Ground e Under Siege. Negli ultimi anni, the actor has been accused of sexual harassment and other misconduct by several women, Compreso Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, Jenny McCarthy e Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero.
In 2018, Seagal was accused of rape by an extra who appeared in his 1994 film On Deadly Ground, chi ha detto l'involucro lei era 18 at the time of the alleged incident, which she claimed happened after the actor invited her to a wrap party at his home in Beverly Hills in 1993. Seagal has denied the accusations against him.
The Menu è ora nelle sale.