9. Gary Busey Demands An Accurate Heaven
It almost feels like everyone who's ever worked with Gary Busey has a Gary Busey story, but the best comes courtest of actor Curtis Armstrong who worked with him on Quigley in which he dies and comes back as a dog. Obviously.
According to his co-star, Busey ground shooting to a halt over a scene set in heaven, because it wasn't "accurate" to his own experiences of actual heaven. It wasn't a contract demand per se, but it was a requirement for him to continue.
"...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."
And then to top it off, he had a fist-fight with another actor who was playing an angel and had also been to 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. "