Back before Gary Busey became known for his antics, non-sequitors, and reality television, Gary Busey was a critically-acclaimed actor. Many forget how introspective and insightful Busey can be, but on Friday in Portland, Gary Busey was both of those things.
According to KGW.com, Busey was speaking at an Oregon fundraiser for brain injury, and it is easy to see how personal the subject is to him. Far from the volatile, excited Busey you see on the Celebrity Apprentice, he was very reserved when he told the crowd, “I don’t remember four and a half weeks of my life because the right side of my brain was not working.”
In 1988, Gary survived a terrible motorcycle wreck that brought him close to death, and the experience drastically impacted his life.
This isn’t the first fundraiser Busey has taken a part in to raise money for brain injury. He often takes time out of his busy schedule to help raise funds and awareness for the condition.
Many might try to say Busey’s wild antics are signs of him being some brain damaged old lunatic, but it is easy to see in these moments how intelligent and collected Busey actually is, and his film record immediately following his devastating accident shows how amazingly well he recovered. “The movie that I did right after the brain surgery was ‘Point Break,'” he remembered. “It was beautiful, the experience. My brain wasn’t damaged.”
After being one of the standout figures from his initial season on Celebrity Apprentice, Gary Busey has been invited back for the new All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. He hopes to use his opportunity to speak to Donald Trump about brain injury, and to spread awareness.
“It’s very important for me to let people know about traumatic brain injury. The idea now is to be like an apostle or a minister, going out and telling people what this is all about,” he said.