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The 13 Most Insane Things Gary Busey Has Ever Done

A collection of the best crazy outbursts by lovable, great, and legendary lunatic Gary Busey. With over 40 years of acting experience under his belt (click here for an example of his range) and more than 150 film credits, Busey has long been a subject of public shock, curiosity, and affection. This list of Gary Busey quotes covers the most outrageous rants and diatribes caught on tape. Oh, to be fly on the wall on the days when the cameras stop...

It's only fair to disclose that Busey suffered brain damage in 1988 when he crashed a motorcycle at 40 MPH while not wearing a helmet. Since then, he has had a string of run-ins with the law, overdosed on cocaine and GHB, been arrested for spousal abuse, and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. After he appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2008, a doctor noted that the accident had weakened Busey's mental filters, which caused him to speak and act impulsively. But let's look on the bright side. Without all that, we might never get truth nuggets like this:

What you see is that you get—but there's a lot of surprises in what you get when you take me. Heh, heh.

What are the craziest things Gary Busey has ever said or done or shouted? Here are a just a handful.

  • Gary Busey Yells at an 11 Year-Old

    Video: YouTube

    In 2008, an 11 year-old reporter at The Oscars™took on the daunting task of asking Gary Busey a question. When she asked what advice Mr. Busey had for young stars who were getting into trouble with the law (you know the ones), Busey answered:

    Well, you're gonna have to say that - you're gonna have to speak up, 'cause I can't hear you.

    When she repeated her question (perfectly audibly), he said:

    I don't understand you! What are you asking me? ... Who? What are you asking me? I don't understand the question. What.

    When he finally got clarification on the complicated question, Busey dropped these nuggets of wisdom:

    Well, guess what? They're not celebrities. They're idiots. They're losers. Winners do what losers don't want to do. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan... They're all children of God, but they need to wake up and realize they have a responsibility - to the people who look at them and admire them - to be better behaved. And better... feelings about life and... the charities...

    After that, it all got very Miss South Carolina Teen USA. While it's hard to disagree with the thesis of his argument, one wonders if Busey might have found a better forum and audience for his lunatic tirade of greatness.

  • Gary Busey Gets in a Fist Fight Over the Design of Heaven

    Video: YouTube

    In late March of 2012, the story that inspired this list broke in an AV Club interview with Curtis Armstrong. He had, at some point, starred in a movie with Busey called Quigley, in which Gary Busey is reincarnated as a dog who comes back to the land of the living to right all the wrongs he'd done as a human being (a role most non-Gary Busey actors would promptly turn down).

    Embedded above is the trailer for Quigley, a hallmark of modern film, starring the two. While Curtis Armstrong, normal human being, knew it was a comedy, Gary Busey took everything to the next level of seriousness. Here's Armstrong's re-telling of the event:

    We were shooting this movie—which is a horrible movie—and [Gary Busey] was supposed to come back from the dead. And he of course, Gary Busey, supposedly had done this—he’d been in an accident and died and came back. He showed up on a set made to look like Heaven, and he looked around and said, "I can’t play this scene." They were three days behind at this point. But 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!" It was ridiculous. He was completely nuts about the design of Heaven.

    But then on top of it, one of the guys playing an angel, had also died and come back. And this guy got into an argument with Busey about the way Heaven looked! The two of them wound up coming to blows, and they had to send everybody home. So there you go. That’s what we were working with.

    There you have it. A fist fight over the couches in Heaven.

    Heaven has a certain look, and it sure as hell doesn't just have couches laying around like it's some kind of goddamn dump. It's Heaven. You don't know what that looks like for a fact? Pull your head out of your ass.


  • Gary Busey Kicks Lead Actor of Piranha 3D in the Stomach

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    The Gary Busey scholars over at Filmdrunk uncovered this one while listening to an episode of Doug Benson's podcast Doug Loves Movies. Guest Paul Scheer describes the Busey incident in detail, the setting being his first day on set of Piranha 3D.

    I was in a movie that Gary Busey was in, and I talked to the lead actor, and I was like, what was it like working with Gary Busey? And he goes, 'He kicked me in the stomach!'

    And I said, 'What do you mean?' And he says, 'Well I came on set,' — and he's the lead of the movie — 'I came on set and I introduced myself to him, and he goes 'Get outta here with that bullsh*t!' And he kicked me in the stomach. And then he said 'Get that guy off the set!' And they did! They got him off the set! The lead actor. They dragged him off the set.

    Lesson: if you ever happen to introduce yourself to Gary Busey, be mindful as to where you position your tender middle around him. 

  • Gary Busey Sprays Interviewers with a Hose

    Video: YouTube

    From the sound of things, the hosts of the Swedish TV program High Chaparall, Filip and Fredrik, arranged this run-of-the-mill interview in advance with Busey's assistant, Juliet. They got more when they bargained for in 2004 when they surprised the legendary lunatic in the backyard while he was watering his plants and deck.

    Or was he surprised?

    Seems Busey has caught on to the rumors that he's crazy and uses it to his advantage as he sees fit. "Maybe you've forgotten or somesing," says Filip or Fredrik. Busey responds:

    Are you sayin' I'm unpredictable? It's true.

    He proceeds to spray the TV hosts with his gardening hose, and an edit cuts to him waving what looks like a rusty machete around their hands, whispering menacingly,

    If you don't trust me, you're gonna get hit.

    The interview goes on to cover the time Busey spent in Atlantis, double-circumcisions, and a few choice acronyms of Busey's:

    • TRY - "Tomorrow's Really Yesterday" (re: not finishing commitments)
    • BYOV - "Bring Your Own Vaseline" (for the host he thinks is gay)
    • GAY - We're as "Good As You"

    Sheesh. He's a perfectly decent singer, though. Have you watched The Buddy Holly Story (for which Busey was NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD WHAT)?