Being on a movie set is like one long financial crisis.— John Cusack
The most pioneering John Cusack quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
If you're looking at things with the right set of eyes, people are endlessly fascinating. And then, of course, if you look at it the wrong way, then the whole world is horrible and tedious and boring. That's the battle, really--to keep looking at the world in the right way.
I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.
I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.
Maybe the absence of signs is a sign.
There are some good people. But a good chunk of them will lie for no reason at all - it'll be ten o'clock and they'll tell you it's nine. You're looking at the clock and you can't even fathom why they're lying. They just lie because that's what they do.
Get your sense of outrage back, and your sense of defiance and spirit back, and try to put these pieces together and confront the excesses of empire at every turn.
Radical Islam and US exceptionalism are in bed with each other. They're like lovers, methinks.
Usually I play people who just keep babbling on and on and on.
Celebrity is death --- celebrity -- that's the worst thing that can happen to an actor.
I grew up in Evanston and lived in Chicago for a long time, in Old Town and Wrigleyville. I did three films when I was in high school. The first was 'Class,' with Rob Lowe. I had a supporting role in that.
I just love the process of working with other actors.
It's like jamming with a musician, except it takes a little more effort to get to that place as an actor, because you have the cameras and lights and everything. But I love jamming with these people.
Did you know that the word person comes from the Latin word persona, which means mask? So maybe being human means we invite spectators to ponder what lies behind. Each of us will be composed of a variety of masks, and if we can see behind the mask, we would get a burst of clarity. And if that flame was bright enough, that's when we fall in love.
A lot of people know that something very drastic has happened to the very idea of America.
I think it's very improtant and healthy to tell differnt stories than the corporatist narratives we are being asked to swallow hook, line and sinker.
I have a good friend who's a Texas girl; Texas girls are a whole different breed.
I don't agonize over decisions as much these days.
The criteria of what's important to me is clear. The insecurity that you feel, and the paranoia that you feel, have been around for a long time - you know it's a liar because it's been lying to you all along - every time you start something new.
The situation in the film is like me going out to Venice Beach and talking to a homeless guy on the boardwalk, and 13 years later he's the president.
I always liked it when people go back in time to discover things about themselves, like with 'A Christmas Carol' and you're getting a tour of your life by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
You just try to get the best jobs that you can get.
Sometimes I produce my own movies, so that's your own sort of vision. That helps things. I don't know what it is. Probably just circumstance. I've definitely been aware of the fact that I want to do different things.
Kitsch is more dangerous than it looks when taken to the extreme.
I think everything has some politics to it.
It's just whether or not it admits to it. Politics is weird. I don't even know what that means any more.
Sometimes you meet people and you feel like you've known them for a long time.
My point was that it's hard to make good films, but I'm not under any illusion that you do all the time.
Every role you do is kind of a side of yourself. That's why they give you the part.
These guys who talk about free markets, they're not ideologues; they're crooks.
Probably Lloyd in 'Say Anything' is the closest to me - or to who I was at the time. It was just a great love story about people in the '80s, and we all tried to make it feel as real as possible. It was such a wonderful time. We didn't leave anything in the gym; we put it all out there.
Justice always has context.
I don't tend to think in terms of a moral authority - be a good boy, do good things - more in terms of what feels right.
I just love the process of working with other actors.
I don't walk around talking about my life and spouting my philosophy to people I don't know. I mean, if I get to know them, I'll talk for hours. I guess I like a lower-key scene.
I think being self-referential is really narcissistic.
Who's to say anybody's even thinking of you that much? But some of these movies that I've done, people still recite lines to me, even 20 years later.
I never really saw myself as an activist but at some point the activist is the only moral position to take.
It's supposed to feel good to throw a brick at the right people.
There is a long tradition of naming and ridiculing and shaming and calling the villains what they are. Usually it was the artistocracy of the day and satire was the only way to speak truth to power.
I think that taking night trains or meeting someone on the road is pretty romantic. I've done a couple of things like that. I've surprised someone in Paris. And hopefully, when you surprise someone, they're happy to see you.
I'm not making any plans. I'm just going to let the universe surprise me.
I wanted to just be a filmmaker, and I thought I wanted to do all the aspects, and it seemed like as a producer was the best way to do it, because I could have... You never have control on a movie, but you have as much control as you can. You can push it through, and you can hire the right people.
When you see a culture where the intellectual architects of the invasion are not shamed for their behavior but rewarded within the mainstream media culture, black comedy, satire, absurdism is the only response.
The British keep employing me, and that makes me like them.
It also makes me think they're very intelligent.
In the future, there is no future.
Hollywood is just a bunch of people going around in Learjets to other people asking them if they've got any money? Well, they might have if they didn't spend it all on jets.
Most movies, once the action starts there's no more characters.
You say a couple of dumb lines and then there's just explosions until the end.
If you help manufacture an enemy that's really evil, you can point to the fact that it's really evil, and say, "Hey, it's really evil."
Don't buy into the corporate mythology that's been rammed down our throats for all these years.
I think any actor can probably identify with being a professional liar.
You don't always look at yourself that way, but I know a lot of days I do.
In the United States, we can talk about ISIS, but we can't talk about Palestine.
Nope, no sex scandals yet. But I am open to offers!
These people say free markets are the way to go, but wink, wink, the markets aren't really free. They're just a protectionist racket, and we have to pay for it all on every level. It's really quite extraordinary, and immoral, and illegal. These things need to be named, and shamed, and outed, and mocked, and prosecuted.
My dad had a commercial film company, so he had a videotape player before anyone. So he got Mel Brooks movies or Citizen Kane or some classic old movies. And every summer the revival house in Evanston would show the great films from the '50s and '60s and '70s.
I think that Poe is so resonant because he represents that part of us that is in misery or sorrowful or wants to explore the darkness. He wrote a great story called 'The Imp of the Perverse' about the instinct towards self-destruction. Poe is the godfather of Goth literature and that whole movement.
Usually I do everything reverse. I practice something in movies and then I try it in real life.