Cusack mentions how hard the business is for the younger generation.
John Cusack opened up on the darker side of Hollywood during his recent interview with The Guardian when it came to the topic of Hollywood’s attitude towards younger actors and actresses while discussing his new movie, "Maps to the Stars."
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Cusack mentioned how actresses at the age of 26 would be considered 'menopausal' by younger female actresses on set. Then, to make matters worse he's seen the grind of Hollywood's desire to put out younger female actresses over more talented older actresses due to their age.
“I got another 15, 20 years before they say I’m old. For women it’s brutal. 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. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It’s becoming almost like kiddie porn. It’s f***ing weird.”
"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."
Cusack talked about how the industry has changed over the years since his roles in movies "Better Off Dead" and how actors above him actually took the time to sit down and mentor the younger generation that was coming on set to prepare them for the future.
“People would look after you when I was a kid,” he says. “There were good people in the business. When I came to LA Rob Reiner said: ‘Come stay at my house.’ He taught me. I worked with Pacino [in 1996 crime drama City Hall]. 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 harbour.”
He then turned over to mention how movie critics view the industry as a whole now compared to in the past. Where a movie "War Inc" would have been thought of as a bold move to show how hard it is for a person to open up new markets in war torn Iraq, and was highly criticized by entertainment writers.
Not that he blames film critics entirely: “Why wouldn’t you have contempt for the movie business?” he says. “It sucks most of the time.”
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"Map To The Stars" was released May 19th at the Cannes Film Festival.