Gary Busey: actor. Vitamin Water spokesperson. Bridge to the other side! Videogum brought to our attention this amazing portion of the A.V. Club's interview with Revenge of the Nerds actor Curtis Armstrong, in which he remembers his time working with Gary Busey on the movie Quigley. Not surprising: Gary Busey sounds kind of crazy. Perhaps a bit shocking: Gary Busey has been to Heaven, and he is very sure of what it looks like. And Heaven definitely has no mirrors, you guys. (I guess angels do your hair and makeup for you? Some might say that such things are unnecessary when you live in a realm of metaphysical grace, but if there are no drag queens in Heaven then you can count me out.)
The whole story is really amazing:
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.
The question now, obviously — besides, "Wow, really?" — is what do the sofas in Heaven actually look like? Personally, I'm a bit disappointed by the idea of sofas in Heaven. I would probably go with a chaise longue or maybe a sunken living room with oversize pillows for seating; something a bit more Paris in the '20s or London in the '60s. (I am available to do interior design work if you're interested, Yahweh. My rates are very reasonable.)
Anyway, I did some searching at ABC Carpet & Home and I'm going to go with the French quarter maison sofa in aubergine:
Please be in touch, Gary. I'm dying to know if I got it right!