In a recent interview with The Guardian, John did not hold back on his thoughts about Hollywood these days and how weird it has become. Especially with the ages of actresses and the creep factor with young girls.
“I got another 15, 20 years before they say I’m old,” the veteran star told the publication. Cusack is currently acting in Maps to the Stars with Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska, among others, in a story that looks at the obsession with celebrity and stars’ falls from grace.
In the upcoming film, screenwriter Bruce Wagner comments on the value of youth, teasing that a 26-year-old actress is called “menopausal” by her younger costars.
“For women it’s brutal,” Cusack continued on aging in Hollywood. “Bruce’s thing about if you’re 26, you’re menopausal? It’s only absurd because it’s a little bit further than the truth.”
“I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29,” The Butler star added. “They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It’s becoming almost like kiddie porn. It’s f–king weird.”
“People would look after you when I was a kid. There were good people in the business. When I came to L.A. Rob Reiner said: ‘Come stay at my house.’ He taught me. I worked with Pacino,” he said of his legendary City Hall costar. “Pacino would talk to you and mentor you. Now it’s different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out. It’s a hard thing to survive without finding safe harbor.”
Cusack also criticized the current economics of movies, with corporations investing in projects and big-budget franchises trumping all. “You can’t make it up,” Cusack said of Hollywood. “It’s a whorehouse and people go mad.”
Everything he says is totally true and totally disturbing. I mean.. Angelina Jolie has played Colin Farrel’s mother. In what universe is that considered normal? Roles for women above age 35 (and I’m being generous here) are no where, or they’re given to a 22 year old. It’s a sick cycle that shows no sign of slowing.