You know, I like Cusack’s movies. I also like the way my mechanic fixes my car and the way my plumber fixes my sink.
But I pay them for that, not to their lame-brained theories on politics. Cusack has a platform because he’s a movie star, and he mistakes that platform and the interest people have for him as an actor for interest in anything he has to say about politics.
He also mistakes the attention given a celebrity with people giving a shit about his opinion. Why actors believe they are uniquely qualified, out of all the professions, to give us the benefit of their wisdom, is probably due to the fact that people are kissing their ass from the time they get up ’til the time they are going to bed, and they start believing their own press releases.
Some of John’s “brilliance”:
Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness– and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they’re selling– their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
How about the corporations who make movies, huh John? The ones who have enriched you? How about if we refuse to buy what they are selling, “their ideas, their version of history” especially? How’s about them apples John? Being John Malkovich was still a great movie though.
I can’t imagine any group less qualified and intelligent about political matters, and with less credibility with which to lecture the rest of us poor dumb bastards, unless its rock musicians.
It would also be refreshing if a guy who used to play such cool characters would be a bit of an iconoclast or a rebel, but no, he’s another lockstep Tim Robbins/Tom Hanks lefty. No courage, no independent thought, no wisdom to show for the, increasingly wrinkled, bloated and jowly man who was so hip as Lloyd, or especially Rob, which role I guess you helped develop, at least.
High Fidelity is my life (well, if I were John Cusack and my exes were Katherine Zeta Jones and Joelle Carter). I love the man for that, but John, kindly shut the fuck up about politics. You’re out of your depth, key-master.
The C&L guys would spit on you if you weren’t a doctrinaire lefty, don’t delude yourself. Your appearance there marks you as a tool, not an enlightened rogue. I don’t see them fawning over Dennis Miller, and Dennis is an independent and intelligent guy. Pretty much what most Hollywood types, like Cusack, are not. Its just such a such predictable, unimaginative, formulaic, Hollywood herd way for poor old Lloyd Dobler or Buck Weaver to go. Well, kind of like your movies in the last 10 years.
I still love you in your “good movie” period though. I even own Easy Money and Tapeheads (Tim Robbins’ best role evah!), and that’s the mark of loyal fan.