With the release of his new movie, "The Raven,"opening Friday, April 27 in theaters, we sat down with John Cusack to ask him about his Chicago ties and how they play into his life today.
If you could take the"Hot Tub Time Machine"back to a certain year and place in Chicago, where would it be?
Definitely places I've already been, because I've lived through some of the best history in Chicago. All the times the Cubs won the division before the Wild Card; those were unbelievable times in Chicago. The '85 Bears, the golden era ... I was here for Jordan's glorious reign. The music scene back then, I really loved it. Great times.
As a Chicago native, how has the city changed for you over the years?
It still feels like the same place to me, in a great way. There's still 4 a.m. bars; the Green Mill is still here. I mean, some of them have moved on and there are fewer of the local coffee shops and more Starbucks … I'm not sure about the new scoreboard in Wrigley, I love what those guys are doing but that made me go, wait a minute. But I guess I'll have to see it in person.
Is it tough to be a Chicago baseball fan these days?
Not with the White Sox, it looks like Robin has those guys on a good start. I think they'll surprise people this year. With the Cubs, it's too early to tell. They need time to settle in.
Do you still get crap for being a fan of both the Cubs and Sox?
Totally. But I can't help it, I legitimately like both. I mean, when I made "Eight Men Out," I wore the Sox colors. But growing up, I'd watch Brickhouse on WGN and loved Harry Caray on Channel 32. I remember the Southside Hitmen, I'd watch box scores of both teams every day. I remember it all.
If you could the play a role of a real-life person from Chicago, who would it be?
That's a big one. Maybe [community organizer and author] Saul Alinsky. He was pretty cool, pretty crazy ... I just said that to piss off the right people.