John Cusack's Interesting Facts

1 Has worked six times with fellow actor/stuntman/fight coordinator Benny Urquidez in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Con Air (1997), The Contract (2006), 1408 (2007), War, Inc. (2008), and Dragon Blade (2015)/Dragon Blade (2015).
2 Worked twice with Nicolas Cage in the films "Con Air" (1997) and "The Frozen Ground" (2013). In the first film, Cusack played a law enforcement officer and Cage played a criminal; in the latter film, the roles were reversed.
3 Appeared in two movies as a limo driver, Identity (2003) and 2012 (2009), both with co-star Amanda Peet.
4 Was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine in 2010 (for his performance in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)).
5 He was awarded the 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Director of a Play for "Methusalem" at the New Crime Productions Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
6 Was a supporter and follower of U2 frontman Bono's DATA campaign (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa).
7 Has homes in Malibu, California, and Chicago.
8 Good friends with professional volleyball player, Gabrielle Reece.
9 In 1994, he attended his 10th year high school reunion in Illinois. He and the producers of the film had made a bet that if they came up with financing for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), they would all attend their high school reunions.
10 In 2006 when Total Film magazine asked him for a "Top 5" list of his movies, he answered with The Grifters (1990), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), High Fidelity (2000) and Max (2002).
11 Was considered for the role of "Billy Flynn" in Chicago (2002). However, he ended up losing the role to Richard Gere.
12 Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#70) 2007.
13 Beat out Christian Slater for the role of "Lloyd" in Say Anything... (1989).
14 Featured as #22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars countdown.
15 Considers the scripts to Max (2002) and Being John Malkovich (1999) the best he has read.
16 Growing up John and his siblings often put on plays at their home. He has mentioned that his older sister Ann once staged a production of "Cinderella" in their living room in which she played Cinderella, sister Joan played the Ugly Stepsister, brother Bill played Prince Charming and John played the dog.
17 During the famous "boom box serenade" scene in Say Anything... (1989), he is actually playing his favorite Fishbone tape on the boom box, while Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is played in the movie. (source: Cameron Crowe commentary on the DVD).
18 Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of his favorite films.
19 His performance as "Lloyd Dobler" in Say Anything... (1989) is ranked #72 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
20 Was considered for the role of "Paul Brenner" in The General's Daughter (1999), but was deemed too young at the time, so the role went to John Travolta instead.
21 Was good friends with Hunter S. Thompson and nearly got to play him in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
22 Was originally the actor chosen to play John Bender in the The Breakfast Club (1985). At the last minute, things changed and Judd Nelson ended up in the role.
23 Was, for a long time, attached to play the role of "Nite Owl" in the doomed movie adaptation of Alan Moore's comic-book mini-series, Watchmen (2009).
24 He and his good friend Tim Robbins made 6 movies together: Bob Roberts (1992), Cradle Will Rock (1999), High Fidelity (2000), The Player (1992), The Sure Thing (1985) and Tapeheads (1988)
25 Most famous member of the Cusack family.
26 Some kind of reference to his favorite bands (usually The Clash, 'The Ramones' or The Specials) makes at least one appearance in most of his films. Most of the time, he wears a t-shirt of one of the bands (Say Anything... (1989), High Fidelity (2000), Must Love Dogs (2005), etc), but sometimes (Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)) he works in a poster of one of the bands. These bands are typically in the soundtracks to his New Criminal's productions, as well.
27 Ranked #15 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
28 Is Irish-American. The name Cusack is not Slavic as many may believe. It is a Norman name, brought to Ireland when the Normans invaded in 1169. "Cussac" is a city in South Central France.
29 Attended a theatre school in Chicago with sisters Joan Cusack and Ann Cusack. The theatre school was run by the parents of his best friend, Jeremy Piven
30 Was once roommates with Jeremy Piven
31 Was originally set to play Walter Eberhart in the The Stepford Wives (2004). Due to conflicts, he had to drop out and Matthew Broderick got the role.
32 Sister Joan Cusack appeared in 10 of his movies:Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987), Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Cradle Will Rock (1999), High Fidelity (2000), Martian Child (2007) and War, Inc. (2008).
33 The novel, "Love In The Time Of Cholera", by author Gabriel García Márquez, is prominently referenced in two John Cusack movies (High Fidelity (2000) and Serendipity (2001).
34 Is the subject of the song "Honorable Mention" by the band Fall Out Boy.
35 Tested for the role of Madmartigan in Willow (1988) but lost to Val Kilmer.
36 On free time likes to go "Helicopter Snowboarding" and kick-boxing with stunt coordinator Benny Urquidez. Has a black belt in kick-boxing.
37 Is the product of a passionately liberal Irish Catholic family, visited the radical Berrigan brothers when he was growing up, and, like them, his mother still gets arrested for her anti-militarism and pro- human rights protests.
38 Close friends with actor Jeremy Piven. They have done 10 movies together: One Crazy Summer (1986), Elvis Stories (1989), Say Anything... (1989), The Player (1992), Floundering (1994), The Grifters (1990), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Serendipity (2001) and Runaway Jury (2003).
39 Turned down Bill Paxton's role in Apollo 13 (1995).
40 Turned down Woody Harrelson's role in Indecent Proposal (1993).
41 Attended Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Ill.
42 Education: Piven Theatre Workshop (Evanston, Illinois), run by the parents of actor Jeremy Piven. One semester at NYU.
43 Has a production company called New Crime Productions (that produced Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Jack Bull (1999) among various stage productions) which he founded with two of his high school buddies Steve Pink & D.V. DeVincentis.
44 Last name is pronounced Q-zack.
45 Brother of Joan Cusack, Ann Cusack, Susie Cusack and Bill Cusack. Son of Dick Cusack (actor, documentary filmmaker) and Nancy Cusack (teacher).
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