I was flipping through the channels yesterday and saw John Cusack so naturally I put the remote down.
I picked it up about 30 seconds later.
I had happened upon the last 15 minutes of The Ice Harvest; which I had never seen.
And I never will.
Let me tell you why.
Twelve seconds into the scene I had landed on, John had a handgun in his hand.
His goal in the scene was to save a girl who was in obvious danger, so the gun seemed reasonable.
He DID look incredibly uncomfortable holding a gun so they got THAT part right.
The gun was sans bullets, so he went off to find bullets.
John's characters are often unprepared for emergencies, so they got that part right, too.
What he found instead of bullets was a shotgun.
A shotgun that he then pointed at Randy Quaid.
[insert that sound that a record needle makes scraping across a record]
That is just soooooo not John Cusack.
A few seconds later John was disarmed and had a big knife stuck THROUGH his foot by a very upset Randy Quaid..
I actually felt ill.
I went off and found baby deer and kittens to look at for a while.
Doesn't it say IN HIS CONTRACT somewhere....play nice with John Cusack, he's fragile?
I'm all for actors stretching their acting chops. But there are some things that I just have a problem with certain actors doing.
For instance, I can't picture John Wayne in a tutu. (oh damn, I just pictured John Wayne in a tutu) But you know what I mean, even if the man, say to settle a bet, would wear a tutu, there is no way that the CHARACTER of John Wayne would wear a tutu.
Same with John Cusack. John plays fragile, complicated men who ultimately get you to feel that you should be scooping them up into a blanket fresh from the dryer and offering them cocoa.
I have no idea if that is what he is like in real life. I did, however see a video of him being interviewed by a reporter who had mixed him up with Kevin Spacey. She kept insisting that John was in American Beauty and unfortunately she was one of those people who once they have an idea in their head, they don't let it go. He remained calm and classy. He did look a little miffed by the end there though.
But not nearly as miffed as when Randy Quaid stuck that knife in his foot.