Jake Busey reveals why the tribute to dad Gary Busey was cut from 'The Predator'
In an exclusive interview with MEAWW Jake Busey talks about his big role in the 2018 film 'The Predator' where his character was supposed to be a homage to his father.
Jake Busey is gearing up for a busy year but when he looks back to 2018 and his "big role" as Sean Keyes in 'The Predator,' he does not recall it with great fondness.
Playing the character of Sean Keyes was a tribute to his Academy Award-nominated father, Gary Busey, who played the role of Peter Keyes in 1990's 'Predator 2.' Expectations were high since Jake was that one common link tying the two sequels with a common fanbase. The director of the film, Shane Black, personally approached the actor to step into the shoes of his father and while that moment was an "amazing" one, it was also the last of it. "I am really fortunate that the director asked for me to do it because he wanted to have a referential moment and integrate Predator 2 with The Predator," the 47-year-old actor tells MEAWW. "But in the end, they cut all my interesting stuff and most importantly the references to my dad," Jake shares.
On describing the tribute scene, which we did not see on the film, Jake explains that it was that moment when Olivia Munn, who plays Casey Bracket, is scrolling through the tablet. Right after Sterling K. Brown, who plays Traeger, talks about the operative who saw the aliens, Gary's picture would pop on the tablet and Sterling would cite him as "one of the founders of the Stargate."
"It was the moment in the lab when she looks at the picture of my dad, as Peter Keyes, and then looks up at me, and gets this look of recognition on her face," describes Jake. "The audience would have gotten to see my dad and me in the same frame and the tongue in cheek aspect of it, that both of us were of the same age when we filmed the Predator movies," he adds.
Gary was 46-years-old when 'Predator 2' was filmed and Jake was 46 last year. "A timeline would be established for the fans who would've been glad that my dad's character was back. I was really excited," he shares. "The reason why they cut it all out is because they did not understand how cool it was," says Jake. The "they" referred to here is the studio, which was Fox.
However, all is not lost as Jake says that there's a "chance" that the scene might be on the DVD cuts. The bottom line is he was not happy with what they did with Gary's character, but he still thanks the director for the "wonderful gesture." "He fought for having me in the film and connecting the whole storyline to the past, but it was the studio who made that choice," Jake adds.
However, that was not the only scene that did not make it to the film.
"You know in the decontamination chamber, where Olivia and I go right after her character is introduced, I just had a fun moment where I pretended I was getting electrocuted, like I just go into convulsions and waved my arms around; it was a funny moment where the crew members laughed and scared the crap out of Olivia," says Jake. "It was really a funny moment and the audience applauded, but the scene was cut," he adds.
The 'Stranger Things' season 3 star also claims Munn demanded $220,000 for going topless on the decontamination chamber scene. "She decided she wanted $220,000 out of the blue. You know, for doing something that was in the script from the beginning," Jake reveals.
The negative reviews of last year's movie make it uncertain for Jake to be confident of any 'Predator' films in the future, but he says he is hopeful of sharing the screen with his famous father. Jake basically grew up on sets since he used to accompany his father to shooting sets, but it was not until completing his three-year-acting degree that he started auditioning. "I did not want to start auditioning before I was sure I could. I had big shoes to fill with my dad being an Academy Award-nominated actor," he concludes.