Last week, action-movie star and ponytail advocate Steven Seagal announced his aspirations to run for Governor of Arizona. The 61-year old martial arts expert made the comments while promoting Steven Seagal -- Lawman: Maricopa County, his reality show which is shot in Arizona and features Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.” Seagall is a member of Arpaio’s "posse": a group of some 3,000 unpaid civilians who support the sheriff’s aggressive ideas for targeting undocumented immigrants throughout the state. It's unclear as to whether or not Seagal’s announcement was an off-the-cuff comment, an attempt to promote a reality show, or serious business. In any event, one thing is clear: Steven Seagal cares about immigration...and karate.
But the action star isn’t the only unlikely celebrity to have thrown his hat in the political ring. Let’s take a look at a few other celebs who’ve attempted to cross-over their careers from the screen to the political arena.
Jesse “the Body” Ventura
At first, we all naturally scoffed at the idea of a professional wrestler turned politico. Surely, his years in the ring, body-slamming his opponents and generating soap-opera level drama, would never transfer into politics. Just imagine our surprise when Jesse Ventura beat not one but two mainstream candidates in the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial race. The former wrestling pro ran for office as a member of the Reform Party and proudly served one term as Minnesota’s Governor.