Said to be Warner Brothers' choice to fill the studio's in-house he-man gap--which has been steadily widening as Clint Eastwood edges toward retirement age--Steven Seagal, in 1988's ABOVE THE LAW and now in HARD TO KILL, has played characters that make Eastwood's Dirty Harry look like a
poetry-loving peacenik. Moreover, while Harry Callahan battles criminals as an upstanding (if overzealous) employee of the San Francisco police department, Seagal's enemies tend to be authority figures gone bad. In ABOVE THE LAW, he was up against CIA covert action. In HARD TO KILL, the villains
are badge-carrying members of the Los Angeles Police Department (the LAPD's image has ta...