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    John Cusack blasts Hollywood as a 'whorehouse' that is so obsessed with young female actors 'it's almost like kiddie porn'


    • The 48-year-old actor has enjoyed a 25-year career in Hollywood
    • But he claims the industry is 'ripe with all these frontier crazies'
    • Condemns misogynistic culture and ageism
    • Speaks out in defense of the treatment of women
    • Words come as he promotes film Maps To The Stars, a savage look at LA's celebrity world

    By MIA DE GRAAF FOR MAILONLINE
    PUBLISHED: 23:33, 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 22:37, 27 September 2014


    John Cusack has unleashed an attack on the ageism and misogyny that surrounds today's Hollywood film industry, speaking out in defense of the treatment of women and a system that 'eats young actors and spits them out'.
    The 48-year-old actor candidly admitted that, as a man, he has '15, 20 years before they say I'm old'.
    But while promoting his latest film Maps To The Stars - a damning account of celebrity culture in LA - Cusack said actresses are considered 'menopausal at 26', and that the industry is constantly looking to 'open up another can of hot 22' for the sake of cinema capital.
    'It's becoming almost like kiddie porn. It's f---ing weird,' he told The Guardian.
    'It's a whorehouse and people go mad.




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    Scathing: John Cusack, 48, said Hollywood is a 'whorehouse' full of 'crazies' and 'you couldn't make it up'

    'I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22.'
    When he was starting out at 16 in 1982, Cusack said he was mentored and protected by industry heavyweights such as Al Pacino as he went on to star in films such as High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank.
    'People would look after you when I was a kid,' he said.
    'There were good people in the business.

    'Now it's different.
    'The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out.'
    His words come days before Maps To The Stars hits US cinemas.
    The satirical drama, directed by David Cronenberg, gives a dark and scathing account of celebrity culture as it follows an archetypal Hollywood dynasty - two former child stars, a psychotherapist father and a pushy momager.


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    'Close to the truth': He stars as a fad therapist in soon-to-be-released Maps To The Stars (pictured) alongside Julianne Moore who plays a fading actress. Cusack claims the satirical drama is very close to the truth



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    Damning: Cusack (pictured in a shot from the movie) said he was mentored and protected by people like Al Pacino but warns young actors today to shelter from the movie capital which 'eats you up and spits you out'

    Cusack plays a 'life-coach' who invented a fad therapy that has become a hit with A-listers, alongside an all-star cast.
    Julianne Moore plays his client, an ageing and disturbed forty-something actress desperately vying for a new part, in a performance critics are hailing as a career-best.
    Robert Pattinson portrays a limousine driver and aspiring actor, and Mia Wazikowska plays a badly burned pyromaniac.
    The characters are a mess of psychological issues.
    A 26-year-old woman is described as 'menopausal' in the film.
    And Cusack claims it is not far from the true demographic of Hollywood inhabitants.
    He says the mega-corporation-dominated industry has turned it into an ideal rather than a place, leaving actors lost and confused.
    Defending his own role in the movie world, he says he make some commercial films to fund projects he cares about.


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    Blockbuster star: Cusack is best known for his role as record shop owner Rob in the 2000 film High Fidelity



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    Action movie hit: Grosse Point Blank is a dark and eccentric 1997 comedy about a hit man and his love life



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    Star siblings: John's sister Joan Cusack (right), also an actor, has been just as vocal about her feelings of Hollywood in the past, calling it a 'terrible world'


    'For women itís brutal,' he told The Guardian.
    'Bruceís thing about if youíre 26, youíre menopausal?
    'Itís only absurd because itís a little bit further than the truth.'
    John's sister, two-time Oscar-nominee Joan Cusack, has spoken in similar terms in the past on her own take on Hollywood.
    The Working Girl star said she would never want her two sons to become actors.
    'If you weren't manic depressive when you started out as an actor, there's a strong chance you'd end up that way being surrounded by all the wrong values,' she told creators.com.
    'The fantasy and illusion of wanting to be a movie star is gruesome.
    'It's a terrible world, a terrible business, and it takes its toll.'


    Read more: John Cusack blasts the 'whorehouse' of Hollywood and reveals: 'it sucks most of the time'¬* | Daily Mail Online

    I know he's promoting his new movie but still.
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    I don't know about John, although low-profile he seems to have enjoyed the fringe benefits that being a movie star has afforded him. He has a place in Chicago, but spends most of his time in Malibu.

    Joanie however, has always remained in Chicagoland, and very down to Earth. Far as I know she has never fully relocated to Hollywood, perhaps renting a place while filming a movie, but her residence has always been in her hometown of Evanston and has remained close to the community. She practices what she preaches.

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    When he was a kid actor, people looked out for him? Just like they did for Danny bondauce and the Corey's?
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    This guy seemingly has had a different girlfriend every year for the past 25 years. I think his quotes, whether they are true or not, are mainly to promote the movie.
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    I've always read that he wasn't the easiest person to get along with onset...and he hates being asked for autographs...can anyone confirm or deny?
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    How has he dated so many actresses and remained scandal free?
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    I follow him on twitter. I haven't been there in ages but he is/was a very political tweeter. Like that is all he tweets about. Very serious about his political beliefs, sincere. He engages with followers, pretty respectful even when people are being an ass to him. If someone is really going after him (for his politics natch), he usually start making droll little jokes to put them in his place. I quite like him on there.

    This is all to say that I believe his quotes above. He is a very liberal minded, political guy. He may be an ass to fans IRL, but he does engage online and isn't Hollywood about it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    This guy seemingly has had a different girlfriend every year for the past 25 years. I think his quotes, whether they are true or not, are mainly to promote the movie.
    I was going to say the same thing. His words might mean more if he wasn't constantly opening his own new can of Hot 22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    I follow him on twitter. I haven't been there in ages but he is/was a very political tweeter. Like that is all he tweets about. Very serious about his political beliefs, sincere. He engages with followers, pretty respectful even when people are being an ass to him. If someone is really going after him (for his politics natch), he usually start making droll little jokes to put them in his place. I quite like him on there.

    This is all to say that I believe his quotes above. He is a very liberal minded, political guy. He may be an ass to fans IRL, but he does engage online and isn't Hollywood about it at all.
    He is basically Don Henley, Jr. A very smart, left-of-center guy, but very itinerant with his romantic life.

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    Pssst, John... We already know!

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    I'm too lazy to read that much this morning, but I do feel compelled to say I fucking LOVE Joan.

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    I loved him in Serendipity. Well, he's such a good actor, I'll watch him in anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    I've always read that he wasn't the easiest person to get along with onset...and he hates being asked for autographs...can anyone confirm or deny?
    I will TOTALLY confirm this. He was in my town with BillyBob Thornton 10 years ago filming Ice Harvest. Everyone swore that John refused to sign autographs or photos. I bet my co-workers I could get an autograph, so I went out and bought Grosse Pointe Blank and Hi Fidelity (which are John's 2 favorite movies he filmed). I waited until 3am, made friends with the security guard without sounding like some crazy lunatic stalker, and when he was leaving set, I politely called out. He actually was nice, I got autographs on both DVDs, and a picture of us together. I was so pysched I told one of the police that were working, and the cop told me to hang onto the autograph for dear life because I was the only one so far who had got one, he refused all others, including the Police Commanders secretary. Oh, and he also had a call girl brought to his trailer for "his pleasure". Tall thin brunette.

    Then when BillyBob joined the cast a couple weeks later, he was so laid back. He was giving autographs and taking pictures, such an incredibly nice guy and really charming. He (rumor has it) was giving John a really hard time about being so uptight with the whole fan interaction/autograph thing.

    A few months later, John and Joan's dad had died of pancreatic cancer, so both of them agreed to do a benefit fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research, right in their hometown of Evanston. Joan showed up, talked to EVERYONE who was affected by the horrible cancer, taking time to personally listen to each one. I love Joan. John never showed up, he was supposedly 'sick' cuz he was still filming. Rumor is he made an appearance in Chicago at the Mad Hatters ball that night. You could tell Joan was PISSED that he didn't show. That's horrible, he blew it off, people paid big money to attend that fundraiser expecting to see both of the Cusacks. Eh, he probably would've been a dickhead anyway.
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    ^^ What a great story! You knew how to work it and a pic for a great memory.

    He got a hookuh? Aren't there plenty here who woulda done him for free? He's so tall and stuff.
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