A Hug from Gary Busey

I’ve only met a handful of celebrities in my lifetime, and all of them were a very brief occurrence. I think initially – if you aren’t prepared – many people tend to hold celebrities on a pedestal or perhaps have different expectations of them depending on what they’ve read in the media.

When I met Gary Busey I had no opinion of him. I feel it’s both difficult and unfair to form an opinion about someone based on how the media portrays them without having had an experience with them firsthand. Being a fan of the most recent Celebrity Apprentice, I appreciated Gary’s casual, yet unusual, thoughts and philosophies, as well as his deep spiritual stories on the TV show. It was a side of Gary that I never got to meet. I cannot imagine having to work with Gary for days in a row or as a team, however. But I did get to work with him for a few hours, if that, during my first time ever on a movie set.

Upon meeting Gary Busey at a movie set in 2005, I allowed his personality to determine my opinion of him. Until tonight, I hadn’t read the journal I’d written during the process of trying out and filming for Buckaroo: The Movie.

Another Call

Monday, April 4, 2005

 Woo-hoo! I just got a call back from DeeDee and they need someone to play the part of a mother of a child in the hospital who is having her appendix out. The part is being filmed with Gary Busey. She asked if I was interested – of course I am! That’s sooo exciting!!!

The Shoot – Day One

Monday, May 2, 2005

Today I got to be in a movie in a scene with Gary Busey! Not that I’m a big fan of his movies, but it’s really cool to be in something with a well-known actor.  It was filmed in a radiologist’s office for a hospital scene. I was so nervous! There were cameramen and lights everywhere. The little girl that I was playing the mother to was only seven and was so cute.

Gary Busey came to the set late. When he walked in everyone just sort of shut up. I don’t know if they were intimidated or if that’s the way it normally is on a set. Then he started telling jokes – dirty ones – and had everyone laughing. He came up to me and kissed me on each cheek and looked at me with freaky eyes and big teeth. He was a total flirt. After the set, he asked me to go out with him (to dinner?), but I wasn’t sure if he was serious or not. I used Kayla [my daughter] as an excuse not to go. I had my friend Aly take our picture, but it was on her camera and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see it. 

Well, I got to see it. Aly sent it to me a few months later.

An unexpected hug from Gary Busey


About Shannon Hart

Photographer, Writer, Artist

Posted on May 16, 2013, in Blogging, Celebrities, Culture, Entertainment, Film, Life, Movies, Spirituality, TV, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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