Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and American action movie actor Steven Seagal (R). (AFP PHOTO/Alexei Nikolskyk/AFP/Getty Images) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and American action movie actor Steven Seagal. (Alexei Nikolskyk/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman is such an amateur. The NBA vet may have gotten a heap of media attention for catching a basketball game with Kim Jong-Eun, but it turns out Steven Seagal has been hanging out with foreign strongmen for years. The action star did his own bit of photo-op diplomacy in Moscow with Vladi­mir Putin, touring a martial-arts school where the Russian president called for a revival of Stalin-era school phys-ed programs, reports Reuters. Revelation: Putin, the world leader most frequently photographed in shirtless, macho poses, is actually quite tiny when standing next to Seagal. The longtime pals watched martial-arts demonstrations and then, in what appeared to be a comic shtick, Seagal rushed a crowd of kids posing with Putin and protectively pulled him out. (“Kids, remain calm, it’s a great honor to take pictures with the president,” an announcer said.)

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