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!