10 Ballsy Movies That Kill Off A Major Star In The First Act

8. Executive Decision (Steven Seagal)

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You might be saying to yourself, "Wait can we really call this person a star?" But both Steven Seagal and his outrageous ponytail were, in fact, insanely popular in the mid-90s. He was so popular that the makers of Executive Decision made the, erm, administrative choice to kill him off before any of the action started just to get audiences all riled up.

His face was initially plastered all over the promotional materials along with Kurt Russell, but the studio decided to erase all traces of him after negative audience reactions to his early death.

It's not just that Seagal died in the first act, it's the ridiculous way that he died that makes this one so special.

While a group of military experts - led by Seagal's Lt. Colonel Travis - are preparing to sneak onboard a terrorist-controlled plane via stealth aircraft equipped with a "transfer tube," something goes horribly awry. Too much pressure is put on the boarding hatch, requiring Seagal's character to sacrifice himself in order to save the rest of his men.

When he closes the hatch, he's sucked right out of the tube and slingshots through the air like a rag doll. It's amazing.


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