2019 is a busy year for Jake Busey with a plethora of TV shows and films lined up. Before we see him on the highly-anticipated season 3 of sci-fi thriller 'Stranger Things,' we will see him play some rock and roll music on 'Dead Ant,' releasing in theaters January 25.
MEAWW caught up with the 'Predator,' star to talk about 'Stranger Things', 'Dead Ant', L.A.'s Finest, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and more. In an insightful interview, the 47-year-old actor shared his experience of working on the 'Predator' set and paying homage to his dad, Gary Busey, who starred in 'Predator 2' in 1990, playing the same character. Details on that will come later, but for now, it's all about the roles we will see him flex this year.
Starting with the cult-favorite, Jake plays the role of a foul-mouthed journalist named Bruce, who works for 'The Hawkins Post'. "I work at the special and let's just say my character has a sick sense of humor," said Busey. With "sick sense of humor" and "questionable morals" to describe his character, Busey recounted Bruce as having the kind of humor "not everyone agrees" with.
It will not be the first time fans encounter a journalist on the show since the private investigator hired to investigate the disappearance of Barbara Holland in season 2, Murray Bauman, used to be an investigative journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He was also an odd character, but Busey says Bruce is a "completely different" character as a small-town journalist, working for a small media house in 1985.
In 'Dead Ant,' Busey channels another '80s character - a lead singer of a rock band with one big hit. As they try to make a comeback and make more music, they embark on a road trip to Coachella. A mishap occurs, and the group gets stranded in the desert, and that's only the beginning of their misery. Taking peyote from the Indians they meet turns out to be a nightmare as the hallucinogenic drug trips them into witnessing giant ants attack.
"Having taken this peyote, it makes you see things and it's crazy like acid. The band takes it together and we find ourselves attacked by giant ants. We have to fight them off to survive," Busey explained. The genre of the film is "comedy thriller," he added. The film premiered in film festivals in 2017 around the world but it's officially releasing in US theaters this January.
The filming took place across California and the cast and crew spent two weeks in the desert. Thankfully this time Busey did not have a heat stroke as he had when filming 'Starship Troopers' in 1997. "Well thankfully I did not suffer from heat stroke," he laughed, instead it was "extremely cold when shooting all night long." The actor says he had the most fun filming 'Dead Ant' because it felt like going to a "summer camp," and was really writing music.
Busey will also be seen on a new TV series called L.A.'s Finest, featuring alongside Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union. Busey sums up that L.A.'s Finest is about undercover cops in Los Angeles, "basically the 'Bad Boys' except with women." As for ABC's/Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' where he plays Tony Caine, a friend of Alphonso Mackenzie who helped S.H.I.E.L.D. find Gravitonium, he hasn't heard from the showrunners, but says they "sounded like they were going to bring him back, but maybe they are not interested."