Jake Busey Talks The Predator, Upcoming Stranger Things Role

The actor gives fans a little insight into his latest role as well as a tease of what’s to come in Hawkins.

By Chris Morse

Jake Busey has been keeping busy this year and the actor is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month, his latest film, The Predator, made its debut as he followed in his father’s footsteps by playing the son of his father’s character, Special Agent Peter Keyes from Predator 2. It was also revealed that Busey would be playing a brand-new character in the upcoming third season of Stranger Things. Needless to say, we’ve seen a lot of him recently and that will continue to be the case into next year.

The actor recently spoke to ComicBook.com, reflecting on his latest role and also dishing a little bit about what to expect next summer when Stranger Things returns. When asked about what it was like to get the role and hear about director Shane Black’s plans for the film, Busey couldn’t help but to express his excitement.

That's a great way to pay respect to my dad and a great way to be in an A-list film, a big studio movie again and then to also carry on the legacy of that character and the franchise. It was all very exciting. When I hung up with them, I was just giddy and jumping up and down excited to be a part of it and it was great. It was a great experience and I really did love walking on the set and seeing the giant science lab and the indoor forest.

Even though the actor’s role in The Predator might have sparked comparisons to Gary Busey, he did not even consider shying away from the opportunity. Here’s what he had to say about having the chance to honor his father in this film.

Oh, no! There was not a single second that I ever thought of not taking the role. It all happened in one conversation on the phone with Shane and I...It's hard, honoring my father and getting to be in that movie, it was just all too good to be true and so I never felt that...I don't know, I guess you'd say I never felt worried or nervous about anything. I was just excited.

Before shifting gears, Busey also commented on just how damn scary the Predator itself is, even just on set. “Well, my favorite thing about the Predator itself,” he explained. “Is that even in real life… It scared the pants off of you. When we looked across the room, you see Brian [Prince] sitting there in the suit and you don't know it's Brian. It just looks like a giant beast from outer space and it's really scary.”

The next stop on the actor’s journey is Hawkins, Indiana for the third season of Stranger Things, where he will play a journalist with questionable morals and a sketchy sense of humor. He was able to reveal a little bit about his character and the commentary that will be baked into the season when we take our next trip back to the ‘80s and have a look at what the newsroom looked like back then, acknowledging how far we have come since that time as a society.

Oh, well...  I'm a journalist and I work for the Hawkins Newspaper and in the 80's if you'll remember, woman in the corporate workplace were kind of still a little bit of a new thing and there was still a lot of that old boys club... There was some misogyny at work in the workplace. There was man-makes, locker room humor jokes right in front of the ladies and a lot of times the men back then would, you know, they were a little condescending toward woman. I think Dolly Parton in 9 to 6... That movie was a big success in the ‘80s because it was a movie about woman in the workplace and how they got shit upon by their bosses, you know. This character embodied that aspect of life in the ‘80s a little bit and it shows that a little bit of just how far we've come in 30 years and how much better off we are and how much our culture in America has changed.

Finally, if you have any doubts about Busey fitting right in, fret not, because he’s a huge fan of the series right out of the gate. The actor went on to express his excitement and appreciation for being a part of the show and it sounds like it’s going to be great. Read below for his final comments.

Absolutely! I was a hook, line, and sinker dork-a-fan. I was super fan, like, this was a show that was a show that other people got to do. This was a show that cool people got to do. This was not a show that I would ever get to do. This is not a show that I would ever be hired on to now. When the offer came in, I was literally just blown away. I didn't even believe it was true and I'm still pinching myself thinking I'm dreaming to this day. It's really one of those things that I just... I'm just so thankful. I'm thankful that they wrote the role for me and I hope that it continues forever but I know that they're not going to continue so forth but it's been really fun.

As for the rest of us, we can still catch The Predator in theaters as we eagerly await the arrival of Stranger Things season 3 next summer. Our return to Hawkins can’t come soon enough!

About the Author

Chris Morse

Thanks to friends and family, Chris grew up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games. From self-taught web design as a teenager to a formal education in computer science, he has always had a passion for web technologies and has channeled all of those interests into building this website platform. Chris opted to dive straight into horror with this project and is joined by some of those very same influential friends and family here on the staff. When not programming or gaming, you can find him heading to the midwest to cheer on his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!

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