So, the Onion AV/Club Toronto (via FilmDrunk) recently interviewed Curtis Armstrong, the actor who played Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, about his life and career, and at a certain point they asked him about his experience working with Gary Busey, and this is where I just get out of the way and let one of the world’s great stories take over:

AVC: Yeah, sorry for dragging this one up. But this was a movie where you appeared alongside Gary Busey, who plays a software tycoon who dies and is reincarnated as a dog. Busey’s such a weirdo force-of-nature that we have to ask about working with him

CA: It was just what you’d imagine. That’s about the best way to put it. We were shooting this movie—which is a horrible movie—and he 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.

So, Gary Busey walked onto a set and claimed he couldn’t ACT like a PERSON WHO DIDN’T EXIST in a movie about a MAN WHO IS REINCARNATED AS A DOG because WHILE THEY DO HAVE COUCHES IN HEAVEN, THEY LOOK DIFFERENT THAN THIS COUCH at which point another actor DISAGREED WITH HIM until they both were SENT HOME AS ADULTS. They should cancel all future episodes of The Moth and just have someone on stage telling this story over and over. It’s the best one!

Comments (27)
  1. This is eerily reminiscent of the time Belinda Carlisle got in a fist fight with Bryan Adams on whether Heaven was a place on earth or lying here in your arms.

  2. See in heaven the couches are made of fire, actually everything is made of fire. Also there’s this big red guy who tells you you have to keep pushing a stone up a hill. Wait I don’t think I was in heaven

  3. In Busey’s defense, this is the couch they were using:

  4. I died laughing while reading this story, and then saw that Busey is right. No mirrors you guys!

  5. Apparently Heaven takes all your money when you visit.

  6. where was Gary Busey, Heaven Consultant 4 years ago? peter jackson could’ve used him.

  7. As if it weren’t insane enough that they believed heaven existed in the first place.

  8. “Yep.” -Colton Burpo

  9. “Heaven is a place on earth with Bu[sey]” – Lana Del Ray

  10. I just assume that Heaven looks like the cloud levels of Super Mario Bros.

  11. Booger is my favorite Tri-Lamb.

  12. In Busey heaven, everything is not fine.

  13. Well if the couch on the set wasn’t suede, then Gary actually had a point. All couches in heaven are suede.

  14. How come no one who dies and comes back ever went to Hell?

    “There was a bright white light — and it melted my hands! Then monkeys pulled off my testicles and a red man with horns had a firehose that spewed vomit! Oh and mirrors were everywhere.

  15. There are no mirrors in heaven because in heaven everyone is slightly uglier than they were in life.

  16. “Danny Glover, you can’t talk to Predator 2 that way. In his culture you just insulted his entire family! This movie is horseshit.” – Gary Busey on the set of Predator 2

  17. Hey, Age ain’t nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is almost 10 years older than I. We met via ~~Agelessmeet .COM~~ a nice place for younger women and older men, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other! Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends :)

  18. This whole situation kind of sounds like heaven to me!

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