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Gary Busey has 'moved into the light' on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

March 11, 2011 |  1:18 pm

Ask Gary Busey about his life these days, and he might declare, as he did in a recent interview, "It's crazy good!"

The 66-year-old actor knows that "crazy" is often a word applied to him due to more than three decades of highs and lows in Hollywood: a battle with drugs after his lead actor Oscar nomination in 1978's "The Buddy Holly Story"; a near-fatal motorcycle accident that caused a traumatic brain injury in 1988; a stint on VH-1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" in 2008, and an unsolicited neck smooch delivered to a startled Jennifer Garner on the red carpet at the Academy Awards in 2008.

Busey's off-kilter personality is on full display in the latest edition of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." But though Busey shows off his wild side, he's also noticably calmer and at peace. He is thoughtful and frank about the roller-coaster life he's lived, and ready to show Hollywood and the world that he has changed.

"I'm not difficult," he insists. "Because of a few difficulties with myself, it caused me to retreat from myself.... I went over the rainbow. I didn't know how to handle everything that came at me. It's different now. I've moved into the light."

To learn more about the calmer side of Busey and how he feels about being on "Celebrity Apprentice," check out his story here.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Gary Busey. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times