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Gary Busey

  1. Keith Carradine, Nashville, 1975.  Busey was first choice for Tom, and wrote himself a song (kept in the film), “Since You’ve Gone.” Since he went, Carradine also wrote a song, “I’m Easy.” And got an Oscar for it.
  2. Emilio Estevez, Maximum Overdrive, 1986.   As usual, he was keen on a new director (author Stephen King) as it provided "an edge of desperation." So, apparently, did the script.
  3. Tom Hanks, Big,1987.    Steven Spielberg’s sister, Anne, wrote the script. Harrison Ford and Albert Brooks rejected it. Fox rejected Gary Busey and… John (Box Office Poison) Travolta.First choice Hanks had to finishDragnet and Punchline before he could head up Anne’s third and last filmed script, ninth and last producing gig. She’d also acted - in Escape To Nowhere in 1961, when her brother directed. At 13.
  4. Charlie Sheen, Cadence, 1990.   "Creativedifferences" with the boss, Martin Sheen. Stupid tactic when the director has three actor sons!
  5. Rick Moranis, Little Giants, 1994.    Quaid and Gary Busey became Moranis and Ed O’Neill as brothers running rival football teams in the tiny  township  of Urbania, Ohio.
  6. Eric Bogosian, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, 1994.   Producers wanted the first siege's villain resurrected.Steven Seagal did not. Villain have the best lines, after all: "Good evening, la dies and gentlemen, this is your captor speaking..."
  7. Dennis Hopper, Waterworld, 1994.   Allthe usual villains were considered: John Malkovich, Gary Oldman, even Nicholson.Busey, for the record, was the last man killed on Gunsmoke, after a reign of 20 years.
  8. Fred Ward, Joe Dirt, 2001.   The titular David Spade searches for the parents who ditched him as a kid at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. After shooting a scene with Busey and Roseanne Barr as Pa and Ma, director Dennie Gordon discovered what we all knew - Roseanne had too much baggage for such the cameo. Joe’s folks then became Ward and Caroline Aaron. Just as the Grand Canyon was played by the Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.
  9. James Todd Smith, Mindhunters, 2004. To prove he was serious about acting, the rapper LL Cool J reverted to his real name, lost 40 lbs and hung out with Philadelphia police in training for his cop, Gabe Jensen. The science fiction title proves to be Cluedo Meets The FBI on a clichéd island (in Holland), (no, really), where profilers are being trained… and, as it happens, killed. TRhe title is FBI slang for its ISU, Investigative Support Unit, assisting US cops in tracking mainly serial killers. Released (more like escaped) in 2005.
  10. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen, 2008. Not so much “Who watches the watchmen?” as Aristotle asked, but who them playeth? In the 90’s when Paramount was keen, Busey was the rapidly murdered Edward Blake   (aka  The Comedian).. Then, Warners took over the rights and went through Nathan Fillion (also shortlisted for Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl), Thomas Jane, Tommy Lee Jones, Ron Perlman… before hiring Morgan, distant kin of... the Rockefellers, Humphrey Bogart, Daniel Boone, Katharine Hepburn,  Tennessee Williams…  even the Liittle House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, 






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