Actor Steven Seagal considering run for Arizona governor

Action-movie star Steven Seagal mulls running for governor of Arizona. (Reuters)

Action star Steven Seagal says he is considering running for governor of Arizona in 2014.

Seagal told the local ABC affiliate that he has discussed the possibility with Maricopa County Sheriff and anti-illegal immigration activist Joe Arpaio.

"Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for governor of Arizona, which was kind of a joke," Seagal, 61,  said. "I suppose I would remotely consider it, but probably I would have a lot more other responsibilities ... that may be more important to address."

Seagal doesn't sound all that serious, and he's promoting a new reality TV show with Arpaio, which suggests he's more interested in stirring buzz than actually running.

Of course, action movie stars have won governorships before. (Think: Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Ventura, Jesse.)

Update 1:48 p.m.: In case anybody was taking this too seriously, the Arizona Republic's Yvonne Wingett Sanchez reports that Seagal might not even meet the residency requirement:

 

 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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