If Will Ferrell is looking for an idea for a sequel to Talladega Nights, he might want to look at NASCAR driver Kurt “The Outlaw” Busch’s claim that his ex-girlfriend is a professional assassin. The driver is facing abuse allegations from Patricia Driscoll, who claims that in an argument he clutched her throat and slammed her head against the wall three times. The hearing–at which Driscoll is petitioning for a no-contact order–took a surprise twist, with talk of Osama Bin Laden, hired mercenaries, and covert missions, turning the proceedings into a cross between Days of Thunder and Mr & Mrs Smith. “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand,” Busch said in court last week.
Busch says Driscoll once claimed that Jessica Chastain’s character in Zero Dark Thirty was based on her. “Busch said Driscoll repeatedly asserted her assassin status and claimed the work took her on missions across Central and South America and Africa,” reports the Guardian. “He recounted one time when the couple were in El Paso, Texas. He said Driscoll left in camouflage gear only to return later wearing a trench coat over an evening gown covered with blood. A day earlier, Busch said his ex-girlfriend told him she was a mercenary who killed people for a living and had shown him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds.” In an interview Driscoll said Busch was trying to discredit her as a scorned woman, and that the details of the assassin story were part of a screenplay she had been writing for several years.