Salvador Ruiz and Vince Gironda in 1983.
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.
I just wanted to thank you Ron for all the courses nutrition and knowledge you have given me.
A lot of these techniques helped me achive the results I needed.
I really hope to fly up there and train with you as soon as I can.