Say Anything

Say Anything

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An Evening with John Cusack, featuring Say Anything

Say Anything

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

USA, 1989, 100m, PG-13

“I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen.”

In this charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student. He surprises just about everyone—including himself—when she returns the sentiment. But Diane’s over-possessive dad (John Mahoney) doesn’t approve, and it’s going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. In writer Cameron Crowe’s (Almost Famous) directorial debut, Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler is the king of rom-com coolness. Sporting a Fishbone t-shirt, he’s a man who knows what he wants, or rather what he doesn’t want, like buy, sell, or process anything sold, bought, or processed! And, let’s be real here—few scenes are as iconic as Dobler standing in the driveway serenading Diane Court with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” a scene so powerful that in 2002 Entertainment Weekly named Say Anything the “Greatest Modern Movie Romance.”


John Cusack

With an impressive body of work spanning the course of three decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles. Cusack was most recently seen in the Amazon’s Sci-Fi series, Utopia, in which he stars as Dr. Kevin Christie, a charismatic, media-savvy, and brilliant biotech mind who wants to change the world through science.


Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics, such as The Sure Thing, Say Anything, and Sixteen Candles. Following these roles, Cusack successfully shed his teen-heartthrob image by demonstrating his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers, and comedies including The Grifters, Eight Men Out, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, and Grosse Pointe Blank. In recent years, Cusack starred in Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy, in which he played iconic Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson. Cusack also starred in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Cusack also appeared in a supporting role in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, Lee Daniels’ drama, The Paperboy, and in James McTeigue’s independent thriller The Raven, where he portrayed author Edgar Allen Poe. Additionally, in 2009 he starred in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic thriller, 2012.


In 2001, Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical for his role in the feature version of Nick Hornby’s English novel, High Fidelity, for Touchstone Pictures. In addition to starring in the film, Cusack also co-produced and co-wrote the script with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis.


In 1999, Cusack starred in the dark comedy Being John Malkovich for USA Films. Cusack’s performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Actor.


Some of his other feature film credits include The Frozen Ground, Hot Tub Time Machine, War Inc., Grace Is Gone, The Ice Harvest, Runaway Jury, Identity, Max, Cradle Will Rock, The Thin Red Line, Con Air, City Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, The Road to Wellville, True Colors, Broadcast News, Serendipity, Better Off Dead, and Stand by Me.


Cusack’s production company, New Crime Productions, has been part of many fine films, including Never Get Outta the Boat, Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Feature at FFF 2003.


In April 2012, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Cusack with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, honoring his long, ground-breaking career in film. Cusack resides in Chicago and is represented by APA Agency.