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Culty John Cusack Romps Through the Getty Villa After Hours

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 20, 2012 at 5:33PM

New York Magazine's latest profile by Jada Yuan follows John Cusack through the Getty Villa after hours, where the actor remarks on the emptiness: "We could steal art." Instead he settles for pilfering a bag of chips at the snack stand.
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New York Magazine's latest profile by Jada Yuan follows John Cusack through the Getty Villa after hours, where the actor remarks on the emptiness: "We could steal art." Instead he settles for pilfering a bag of chips at the snack stand.

The star of the Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "The Raven" gives an intense overview of his prep for the role of the broken-down poet. (Our review of the movie is here.)

Cusack explores his past legacy, from absurdist teen comedies to skewering them in "Hot Tub Time Machine." “I guess people like 'Hot Tub Time Machine,' don’t they?" he asks, "It’s culty. I do culty well.” 

However, he did refuse when the studios asked him “to make things like 'American Pie' and do puke and dick jokes." “They wanted me to do 'Say Anything' jokes, but I thought some of it was a little lazy,” he says. “It didn’t earn that one.”

The article made us ask the question: with which actor would we most like to explore a museum, eat chips, and contemplate a potential art heist? Read the complete story here.

This article is related to: John Cusack, The Raven


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.