Belly of the Beast actor Steven Seagal has insisted he is a ''real'' action hero compared to other actors in the industry who star in action movies.

Speaking to Shortlist magazine, the 62-year-old star, said: ''I'm somebody who has been doing action a long time and who is a real action person in the sense that I've really done - and do - many of the things that other people pretend to do in their movies.''

Seagal went on to claim that the action heroes of today are not expected to perform their own stunts and can instead rely on special effects.