Gary Busey declares ‘there is no death’ referencing infamous 1988 motorcycle accident as he preps to play God in off-Broadway musical, Only Human
Gary Busey is getting ready to play God in off-Broadway musical, Only Human.
The 75-year-old stars as The Boss – basically God – in a corporate version of heaven.
It’s pretty much a miracle in itself that the actor is even considering the live role after he suffered a major head injury in a 1988 motorcycle accident that changed his personality radically and made it difficult for him to learn lines.
Live role: Gary Busey is prepping to play God in off-Broadway musical, Only Human. The 75-year-old stars as The Boss – basically God – in a corporate version of heaven
Back in the day: Busy pictured in October 1987 before his infamous 1988 motorcycle accident
‘Don’t call it death. There is no death. Death just stands for “Don’t expect a tragedy here,” ‘ Gary told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Monday.
And the Oscar nominee described a mystical experience that happened on the operating table as doctors fought to remove a subdural hematoma in his brain after the accident.
Gary said: ‘I was surrounded by balls of light … gold, magenta, amber, mother-of-pearl, all around me. More than you could count.
‘The mother-of-pearl one spoke to me in an androgynous voice. It went, and I’m paraphrasing, “Gary, you’re going in a good direction. But it’s time for you to look for help in the spiritual realm. You may come with us now or you may return to your body and continue your destiny,” ‘
‘Don’t call it death’: Gary, seen at Dead Ant’s LA premiere in January , told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, ‘There is no death. Death just stands for “Don’t expect a tragedy here” ‘
He chose to stay.
The new version of Gary has almost no ability to censor himself, often saying inappropriate things, his son Jake Busey, 48, explained to THR.
‘The post-accident version of him turned his personality up to 11. I feel like I lost my dad on December 4, 1988.’
It’s in the cards: Gary with his partner of 12 years, Steffanie Sampson Busey, at the Ed Asner And Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night at CBS Studios on June 1, in LA’s Studio City
It also changed the direction of his Hollywood career and he took smaller roles and cameos.
Gary lives in Malibu with his partner of 12 years, Steffanie Sampson Busey and their son Luke, nine.
Previews for Only Human start at New York’s Theater at St. Clements on October 8, with the bow on October 21. It is due to run until January 5.
With his boys: Gary brought his sons Luke, nine, and Jake, 48, to Dead Ant’s LA premiere in January. Jake has revealed that he feels he lost his dad after the stars 1988 bike accident