Gary Busey used his real death experience in a movie
Gary Busey’s manic energy and expressive face helped him become a regular in Hollywood and an Internet meme. But he nearly died before appearing in some of his most notable roles. Busey was badly injured in a motorcycle accident that changed his work habits in bizarre ways. This anecdote is one of many stories about Gary Busey that’s easy to laugh at, but the actor was recently embroiled in a serious celebrity scandal.
Gary Busey changed his perspective after crashing his motorcycle
On December 4, 1988, Gary Busey lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail in downtown Los Angeles. He suffered serious head injuries and underwent two hours of neurosurgery that night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Busey was 44 and did not wear a helmet.
Such imprudence is not foreign to him, as well as to the other actors. It’s easy to get carried away by the glitz and glamor of celebrity. But life-changing events often lead to shifts in perspective, and Busey confirmed this in an interview with Larry King. The actor revealed that he doesn’t wear a helmet because his ego has grown to an unsustainable size.
“I was wrong. Arnold – my friend Arnold – [said,] “Gary, you have to wear your helmet.” My son, Jacques, [said,] “Dad, you have to wear this helmet.” And I’d be like, ‘OK — he’ll be there when I need him,’” Busey told King (per CNN). “But God had a way of teaching me the lesson and making me a humanitarian – slamming me into that curb at 75 miles an hour, splitting my skull open. Getting brain surgery, dying on the table after brain surgery, having a [out-of-body experience].”
During his out-of-body experience, the actor claimed to see angels more in line with the description in the Bible rather than the entities depicted in the movies. “They’re big balls of light that float around and carry nothing but love and warmth,” the actor said.
After recovering, Busey appeared in films such as Breaking point, lost highwayand Fear and loathing in Las Vegas.
His beliefs about the design of heaven led to a fight on the set of a bad movie
The effects of Gary Busey’s motorcycle accident later came to light in more ridiculous ways. In a 2012 AV/Club Toronto interview, Curtis Jackson, better known as Booger from revenge of the nerds, revealed a hilarious story about Busey’s goofy conduct on set. (The original article is no longer on the site, so all quotes are courtesy of Vulture.)
Jackson and Busey worked together on 2003 Quigley, a forgotten direct-to-video movie where Busey plays a software mogul who dies and returns as a Pomeranian. In case you don’t believe this movie exists, here’s the poster on IMDb, featuring a dog wearing a tie.
Jackson’s take on his co-star speaks for itself:
“We were making this movie – which is a horrible movie – and he was supposed to come back from the dead. And he, of course, Gary Busey, was supposed to have done that – he had had an accident and died and come back. He showed up on a set that was made to look like heaven, and he looked around and said, “I can’t play this scene.” They were three days late at this point. But Busey said: ‘It’s nothing like that. I’ve been to heaven, and it doesn’t look like this. This couch is all wrong. This mirror is ridiculous. They don’t even have mirrors! It was ridiculous. He was completely crazy about the conception of paradise.
Requiring a production crew to take down all the mirrors on set because of a hallucination from a traumatic brain injury is crazy enough, but Busey eventually became violently passionate about his beliefs. You see, another one guy working on Quigley had had a near-death experience and their debate led to a fight.
“This guy had a fight with Busey about Heaven’s appearance! The two ended up coming to blows and they had to send everyone home. So there you have it. That’s what we were working with Jackson concluded.
Gary Busey is accused of sex crimes at a recent horror convention
Last August, Gary Busey’s odd behavior reportedly took a turn for the criminal. During a photo shoot at Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the actor allegedly groped two women and tried to undo a third’s bra. The actor reportedly urged police to ask women not to press charges against him. Still, he was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual interference, one count of criminal attempted sexual contact and one count of harassment. (The police documents were first obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer.)
Monster-Mania released a statement on its Facebook page confirming that it was “assisting authorities” with the investigation and that it had removed Busey from the convention following complaints.
Busey told TMZ that his conduct was honest and that eyewitnesses could confirm his innocence. The day after the charges were filed, the 78-year-old was seen with his pants around his knees as he sat in a public park in Malibu.
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