Gary Busey a ‘Lethal Weapon’ at the poker table

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A leading poker player has shed light on the actors card-playing ways

Hollywood character actor Gary Busey may be a face recognised for roles in variety of popular action films in the early 90s, but his visage is likely to be persona non grata at poker tables across the world if recent revelations are to be believed.

Busey first rose to prominence in the 1970s, starring in The Buddy Holly Story and cult surfing moving Big Wednesday.

But it was his performance as evil hitman Joshua in popular cop actioner Lethal Weapon that truly cemented his stardom, with Busey taking on Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs in the most macho final showdown ever committed to film.

Further hits followed, with the blonde bombshell typecast in the role of crazed villain for films like Drop Zone and Predator 2.

As the years have rolled on, Busey has found his big screen options increasingly limited forced to take on a variety of straight-to-dvd roles or bit parts in productions like Piranha 3DD.

Alongside this, the 69-year-old has taken to reality television in the US appearing in the Celebrity version of the Apprentice as well as Celebrity Fit Club and later Celebrity Rehab.

His time as a celebrity poker player, however, could soon be coming to a swift conclusion if casinos take the comments in card-playing blogger Nolan Dalla’s post on board.

Mr Dalla is something of an oracle in the poker world and never hesitates on dishing the dirt on what goes on when the cards are down.

And poker’s answer to gossip columnist Perez Hilton has some choice words to share when talking about his previous meeting with Busey.

The pair met while playing at a recent charity poker event in the US and it’s fair to say things got a little unpleasant for everyone involved.

According to Mr Dalla, the Hollywood hotshot was far from a gentlemen at the table.

“Totally oblivious to normal poker etiquette when players out the hand talk softly, if at all, Busey behaved like he was the life of the party,” he says on his blog.

“He ignored players and the betting action completely – even when they were all in. Busey would laugh openly after players took a beat and ask completely irrelevant questions while others were pondering a critical decision.”

And as the blog post continues, so events take an even stranger turn:

“But what was most peculiar of all were Busey’s seemingly duel personalities. As he became increasingly bored with a game he neither understand nor had any desire to learn, Busey began exhibiting the characteristics of someone with multiple personality disorder.”

Was it all part of some method acting on Busey’s part or is the reality that everyone’s favourite henchman probably hasn’t ever been acting – you decide.

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