Steven Seagal returns as cop in A&E’s “Lawman’

As a "lifelong practitioner of the martial arts," Steven Seagal says he is trained to remain calm in the face of adversity and danger.

"When the world is speeding by for others, I see things for what they are," the aging action hero intones in an episode of his new A&E show, “Steven Seagal: Lawman,” which premieres tonight. "A cock of the head, a foot planted forward or back, a flick of the wrist -- they all tell me something." Yeah, well, as a lifelong practitioner of journalism, I'm also trained to see things for what they are. And for what they're not. And Seagal's new show seems almost as far-fetched as his movies, which include "Under Siege," "Hard to Kill" and "Above the Law."

The show's conceit is that Seagal the movie star has also been Seagal the cop for the last two decades, working "major cases" in Jefferson Parish, La. This is no publicity stunt, promoters say. Seagal wore the badge with a quiet pride, "under most people's radar."

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