As a teen, I never understood why all the girls were fighting who was going to marry Justin Timberlake…
or debating who was the cutest member of O-Town…
or crying over the death of Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory (in his pre-Twilight Days)…
I had the weirdest crush on John Cusack.
Most of my friends didn’t know who he was (and now only half of them do), but their moms…
Oh boy, did there mom’s know about him.
I might stop here and throw in a lesson I’ve learned about the television and film industry. If you are about to work with someone famous, do a quick wiki or IMDB search on them before they get there.
Here is an excellent example of why this lesson is so important:
Let me get this straight, Kevin Spacey is not an unattractive man, but Kevin Spacey is a good 7 years older than John, who was probably going through a “what does it all mean” time in his life (judging by his reaction to the whole mix up).
What probably happened was the poor, young girl was like “who is this guy again?” and someone probably said he was in a movie…
with the guy from American Beauty.”
And all she heard was “American Beauty” and she went with it.
That is why you always IMDB and Wiki.
Sorry, I got a little off topic (kind of), but, I found a video on youtube with the exact reasons I loved John Cusack as a teenager. For those of you who don’t know him, you will after this. For those of you who already do, enjoy it.
With that said,
my interest in the past few years has waned.
This happened –
Which really made me sad since the last time he was the screenwriter and the voice, it turned out pretty well…
until this happened shortly after…
Now to the part where I meet John Cusack.
Before I had even gotten the internship at News Now, my former roommate had a job there. He off handed-ly said that John Cusack was going to get interviewed the next week.
I jokingly asked if I could go to work with him that day…
and he said yes.
I believe I managed to nonchalantly say something like, “oh, cool. Thanks,” but on the inside I looked more like this:
A week later, I got to News Now and was being giving the run down. I was one of two PA’s/interns for the day. I was told to wait in the lobby for John Cusack and his people,
Which I pictured as this:
He finally arrived with a publicist and a hair and make up lady. I introduced myself.
Then he said my name.
It was probably something like “Nice to meet you, Stephanie,” but I have no idea. I just remember John Cusack…
Saying MY name…
Besides that, he looked tired. And old. He looked as if he had stayed up all night drinking and doing coke off of strippers and then someone reminded him he had to get on a plane and do an interview.
At some point the elevator door must have opened because the next thing I knew I was shoving my arm in there to grab it.
I didn’t notice the elevator because I was distracted.
Normally when I tell this story, I say that I was staring at the cigarette John Cusack was smoking inside the ABC building trying to figure out if it was real and if he was for real.
But, what I’ve come to realize is that I was completely and utterly staring dreamily up at him when he said “uhh… the elevator.”
I shoved my hand in there like a mother saving her young from underneath a car.
As we stepped inside and the doors closed, his publicist told me a terrifying story she read in the newspaper last week about a girl who did the same thing I did, but her arm got chopped off by the doors.
I thanked her for telling me when I was safely inside the elevator and not when my hand was still able to be lopped off.
I brought John and his people to the green room. He did the interview and talked about The Raven so passionately that I decided I had to see it. Then we walked him over to The View.
Months went by and I finally watched The Raven. It was so bad it wasn’t even good.
The whole experience was kind of a let down.
I was expecting this…
But he was just… a guy.
I don’t know.
It was somewhat lack luster.
I’m sure he’s lovely and was just tired. I just miss the John Cusack from the 1980’s.
John Cusack was in Grosse Point Blank with Dan Aykroyd…
who was in Blues Brothers with John Bulushi
who was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.
I am three degrees from feeling like meeting Kevin Bacon was missing something.