John Cusack has playedupwards of seventy --- 70! ---movie roles over the last thirty years. From the young, love-struck, boom-box-wielding heart throb in Cameron Crowe'sSay Anything to Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels'The Butler. Along the way, his unique brand of underdog/everyman character has made him a pop icon.
When Cusack came in to talk with Kurt Andersen about playing the real-life rock and roll icon Brian Wilson of The Beach Boysin the new film Love & Mercy, we knew there wasonly one way to tackle his vast career:a rapid-fire round of the free association game.
Can you match the movie titles with Cusack's descriptions?
Listen to the audio above for the answers.
- Stand By Me, 1986
- Say Anything, 1989
- Grosse Pointe Blank, 1997
- Con Air,1997
- Being John Malkovich,1999
- High Fidelity, 2000
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,1997
- Hot Tub Time Machine, 2010
- The Butler, 2013
A."The Lady Chablis."
B."An attempt to make something both profoundly dumb and intelligent."
C. "The Clash."
D. "Press tour."
E. "It's hard being a puppeteer in today's wintery economic climate."
G. "Stephen King."
I. "First sandal-wearing non-Charlton Heston action figure in the modern era. Milestone achievement. Turn the mic off."
J. "Joe Strummer."
You can hear more of his conversation with Kurt on this weekend's show.