We’re all pretty tough on Gary Busey, considering what he’s gone through. The dude cheated death in the late ’80s after wiping out on his motorcycle, receiving serious head trauma and becoming a poster child for bike helmets forevermore. During an operation to repair his damaged brain after the crash, Busey literally died for a short time! “I saw angels,” the actor told Larry King back in 2005. “I was surrounded by angels. And they don’t look like what they look like on Christmas cards. They’re big balls of light that float and carry nothing but love and warmth.”
But always the professional, Gary drew on his near death experience while making the 2003 movie Quigley. The (reportedly terrible) film featured Busey as a man who died and came back to earth in the body of a small dog. But the day he arrived on the set decorated like heaven, Gary threw a fit because it didn’t match what he personally viewed when approaching the pearly gates. “He looked around and said, ‘I can’t play this scene,'” recalls fellow actor Curtis Jackson. “Busey said, ‘It’s nothing like this. I’ve been to heaven and it doesn’t look like this. That sofa’s all wrong. That mirror is ridiculous. They don’t even have mirrors!'”
Gary then held up production while redesigning the set to his specifications. He was so passionate about the decorations that he got into a fist fight with another actor who also had a near death experience and disagreed with Busey’s description of the afterlife! Call us crazy, but we’d probably side with Busey on this one.
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Sometimes we have to take our little blogger porkpie hats off and bow from the waist in praise of the reality show gods, because we never would have thought to pair Gary Busy and Ted Haggard on Celebrity Wife Swap. A thousand monkeys typing for a thousand years never would have come up with that idea. Except apparently they did, and now ABC is putting it on the air.
While Busey has made a career out of reality show gigs like Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Apprentice in the past few years, Ted Haggard is probably best known for losing his reputation as an evangelical pastor after he was found to have visited a male prostitute. Also know as reality TV gold. The real question is, why on earth would Gary’s partner Steffanie Sampson or Gayle Haggard agree to go along with it? And since they are, can we please see a show starring those one thousand monkeys next?
While photos from the Celebrity Apprentice premiere party make clear that Gary Busey still loves to get down, Saturday Night Live was a little offbase when they suggested “firstname.lastname@example.org” would nod along with Charlie Sheen’s TV interview rants. Busey told People that he’s actually “praying” for his longtime buddy. “Charlie is in a tailspin. Charlie’s got to understand what the truth is. The beautiful thing about the truth is that it requires no questions.”
“I want Charlie to get up out of the mud and reclaim his life and I’m praying for him,” the Celebrity Rehab vet explained. “The advice I have for him is to look at himself and the truth in his heart, because what he’s doing is not true to his heart.” Hopefully Gary can show Charlie that one doesn’t have to give up incoherent interviews—and dancing next to stripper poles with a cigar in your hand—to embrace clean living. “Most people do think I’m difficult. That was 20 years ago. I’m giving with love. I’m really alive with love.” Maybe Gary’s journey will come up on Dr. Drew’s Charlie Sheen: Winning…Or Losing It? special tonight on VH1.
Check out the gallery below for pohots of Busey and fellow contestant Lil Jon at the premiere party. They’re definitely alive with something.
That Gary Busey is just a weirdness magnet. Patrice Karst and Mark Abel were arrested yesterday after the pair told police that Busey was driving erratically, and then took photos when the actor was pulled over by cops. The new Celebrity Apprentice contestant was reportedly stone cold sober, but—after the pair refused to leave the scene—a cop found marijuana on Patrice and took them both in on obstructing a peace officer.
You don’t have to be Gary Busey to be confused right now. Were they paparazzi trying to create a story? Stoner Busey groupies? Two of Randy Quaid’s “Hollywood Star Whackers”—caught in the act? Leave Gary Busey alone, people!The guy can make plenty of chaos for himself.
Gary Busey‘s reputation precedes him these days – he’s been a fixture on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, he shows up often on The Soup and he even accosted poor Jennifer Garner at the 2008 Oscars. So it’s no surprise that when he arrived on-set to play himself for a few episodes of Entourage, his co-stars might be nervous about his odd behavior. What they weren’t prepared for was the tickling.
Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric on the HBO series, said recently that while Busey was guest starring on the show back in 2007, he would try to physically pin Connolly down and tickle him in between takes. Said Connolly of the totally bizarro behavior: “He’s looking at me… and he’s like, ‘Kevin, you and I are going to play a game called tickle and pee.’ I said, ‘Gary, please, I’m 33 years old. It’s emasculating.’ He’s chasing me around on the set. I’m running away from Gary Busey on my set and Gary Busey is freakishly strong. He caught me ultimately and he tickled me. I felt like I was in fifth grade again.”
We’ve heard of a lot of odd celebrity behavior, but this might be some of the weirdest. We just hope Kevin didn’t end up peeing his pants. [Photos: GettyImages]