To get ready for the film, The Big Wednesday, we both worked out with Vince Gironda, the late, great "Iron Guru" and bodybuilder to the stars.
I had already been at Vince's Gym awhile, but when an overweight Gary came in, he really pushed himself to get in amazing shape in just a short amount of time.
He literally transformed himself.
Vince said to me, "Fetty, you're a distance runner -- but Busey's a champion."
Gary's a great actor, who's had his troubles over the years, but he's had a wonderful career and always pushed himself to his full "championship" potential".
I didn't appreciate it at the time, but Vince's comment rang true for me as well.
Today I pride myself on "going the distance" during my long and varied career.