Hollywood celebrities have to take big risks to achieve big success. John Cusack is no exception, according to a recent interview.
Here’s a snippet of what the actor told The A.V. Club:
I went to [the talent agency] William Morris and said, “Give me the craziest, most unproducable script you can find.” And they said, “Well…” And I said, “No, come on, give me something that is just the most bizarre thing you’ve ever read, and I want to read that.” And they went, “Oh, well, there’s Charlie Kaufman, but he’s great. I could give you that.” I read it and I said, “All right, I want to do this. Track this. If anyone else does this, and I’m not the first in the door, I’m leaving you guys.” And they delivered. They tracked it. So yes, if a piece of material jumps out at me like that… I mean, he was this obviously huge talent.
That script, by the way, was Being John Malkovich.
Failure is the secret to success. If you want to create something that’s never been done before, you have to be willing to try things which are absolutely crazy. Actor, director and producer John Cusack knew that an ordinary comedy wouldn’t make the cut. So he asked for something which the agency thought could never be done.
Just about everything truly interesting starts out seeming impossible. If it’s crazy, it just might work.
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