It’s no secret that my favorite actor is John Cusack. It goes along with my favorite cheese-movie being Say Anything. Here he is, the embodiment of cool…
So what’s got me so up in the air about him? Last month my family went out to see Harry Potter. It’s the first time I’d been to the movies in a while. Tons of previews. Most were fluff. Then I saw the trailer for the stupidest movie of the year, 2012.
I’ve been dreading the release of this disaster of a movie since I heard some producer had decided to see just how gullible the viewing public was. I have to put up with the History Channel airing, and I use the word loosely, “documentaries” about the 2012 nonsense, the numerous doomsday books, and the emails. I’ve been dumbfounded in the past by the stuff that people will swallow if they think for a second that whoever is telling them has a smidgen more sense than them [for instance… ah, forget it. A billion other things!]. In this case people are relying on astrology and fortunetellers and flat-out lies to sound smart and semi-knowledgeable while chatting it up with their friends. Even *I* have had friends want to debate the merits of this stupidity.
But, as Richard Feynman once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
We all, as smart as we think we are, can sometimes be fooled.
But not by this!!! Sheesh!
So I’m sitting in the theater making groaning sounds all the while the trailer is playing, and then Geneva says, “Uh oh.” Uh oh? What could that… And then I look up at the screen and see this:
And, oh, the laughter! She yells over the extra-loud kabooms, “Ha, ha! You have to watch it now!” I sit, mouth open, thinking that indeed, I may have to watch it.
As he is my favorite actor, I make it a point to see every one of his films. It’s what you do. I have a lot of respect for him. I admire him for his eponymous roles. From 16 Candles to Grosse Pointe Blank to Pushing Tin to High Fidelity to 1408. There’s just no role he’s ever played that I did not completely enjoy.
[As a really cool tie-in with the above comments, Cusack was fantastic in his portrayal of Richard Feynman in Fat Man and Little Boy!]*
So now I’m torn: Favorite actor — crummy movie plot. What to do?
Well, I saw the carnage that was Con Air and tolerated it okay, so I suppose I can make it through this.
But it’s not gonna be easy!
Maybe I should go back to having Jeff Goldblum as my favorite actor.
So, what is your favorite Cusack movie? (or Goldblum, I’m not picky.)
*Okay, so my memory failed me. Cusack did NOT play Richard Feynman; and, in fact, Feynman was not even portrayed in Fat Man and Little Boy. Cusack played a fictional character named Michael Merriman who was loosely based on real-life scientist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr., who died on September 15, 1945 from radiation sickness, 25 days after being irradiated during a critical-mass experiment in Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Phenomenal role, BTW) The movie I was thinking of was Infinity (which all of you must see!) which was all about Richard Feynman and starred Matthew Broderick. I recalled all of this after watching Fat Man for the first time in many years last night.