With more than 70 films and decades of experience under his belt, John Cusack is no stranger to the silver screen. Now the actor is giving fans a peek into the making of cult classic High Fidelity, with an audience discussion after a screening of the dramedy at the Boch Wang Theatre on June 23. We caught up with Cusack for a quick chat ahead of his Boston appearance.
When did you first know you wanted to be an actor? When I was pretty young. I loved going to the old art house movies and seeing theater.
What is the most difficult acting role you ever played? Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy. That was difficult because he and his wife are alive and it was a very tricky time in his life, so I was very concerned with getting it right for them.
What advice do you have for aspiring actors? Go do a play. It’s like if you want to be a basketball player you can’t just talk about basketball, you have to actually practice and dribble and shoot and make lots of shots. The best way to learn about acting is to do it.
Where do you see the future of film going? I don’t really know. It seems like the movies that I used to make are now ending up more in the TV space. Maybe it will be like vinyl and it will make a comeback to how it used to be, which is a little less homogenized, but we’ll see.