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Michael Pfleger

What do Brian Wilson, a martial artist and an activist priest have in common? John Cusack

What do Brian Wilson, a martial artist and an activist priest have in common? John Cusack

John Cusack's 2015 output might seem surprising … until you look closer to see the pieces of him that belong in the portraits he's done of an emotionally troubled musical legend, a Roman soldier in a martial-arts adventure and a firebrand Catholic priest.

He played Beach Boy Brian Wilson in his post-retreat-from-society days in "Love & Mercy." Some questioned his casting because of the lack of a physical resemblance — but if you recall Cusack's adaptation of "High Fidelity," his deep knowledge and appreciation of pop music history made him a harmonious choice.

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