“He created this certain sound and then started to make other music and (people were like), where’s the hit? He was a genius, he was ahead of his time,” Cusack said. “I’m happy he and (wife) Melinda were happy with the film because it’s his life.”
When Davis asked if Cusack watched the film with Wilson, he laughed and said, “F*** no!”
John Cusack listens to a question from moderator Mara Davis at Symphony Hall on April 19, 2019.
Other topics touched on during the session included Cusack’s love of The Clash (he’ll think about playing Joe Strummer but, “I wouldn’t want to f*** it up!”); politics (the liberal Cusack is outspoken on social media and says he’s talked politics with Clint Eastwood – whom he worked with in Georgia on “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” - and said Eastwood is “more Libertarian than an arch-conservative guy.”); and his High Times award for “Hot Tub Time Machine” (when Davis asked where he keeps the trophy, Cusack laughed, “I don’t know that I ever got it!”).
He’s also readying a new series on Amazon, “Utopia,” written by “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” darling Gillian Flynn.
This is Cusack’s first experience with episodic TV and he said while he isn’t yet sure what to expect, he likes the idea that, “you don’t have to cram to put things into an hour and a half, two hours, for a movie.”
Following his Atlanta appearance, Cusack’s movie tour leads him to Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday for a “High Fidelity” screening and then Washington, D.C. on May 16. He’ll then hit Dallas, Tulsa, Okla., and Knoxville, Tenn., for showings of another fan favorite, “Say Anything” before going back to “High Fidelity” July 26 in Fort Lauderdale.
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