Steven Seagal Considering Run for Arizona Governor
01/06/2014 AT 11:30 AM EST
The Under Siege actor, 61, has publicly stated that he "would remotely" consider a run for Arizona governor that could turn him from action star to political action committee star.
"It was kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it," the mysterious martial arts expert told Phoenix news station ABC15.
Seagal made the remarks while promoting his Reelz Channel reality series, Steven Seagal – Lawman: Maricopa County.
On the series, Seagal teams up with controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose policies and views regarding racial profiling have made him a flashpoint in immigration law.
"I think it's open borders," Seagal responded, when asked to name the No. 1 problem facing Arizona. "I think that across these borders any kind of terrorism can come, and does come."
He also defended his costar, the self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff," telling ABC15, "Is Joe Arpaio a racist? No, he's not. And I'm not going to say I don't think he's not, he's not."
Seagal is a member of Arpaio's "posse," made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians, according to The Huffington Post.
Seagal is the latest in a line of celebrities flirting with the possibility of political office. Clay Aiken recently announced that he was "actively considering" a run for Congress in North Carolina.
As for actors who have been governors, the precedents were set in California, with Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.