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An Embarrassing '80s Nostalgia Trip for John Cusack

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | March 26, 2010 | Comments ()

"Which member of "The A-Team" do you most closely identify with?"

I have to say Mr. T, just because he lived in Chicago. There was this place he used to go to work out, and he'd always be there in the steam room with this big towel around him, with his mohawk and his chains. He was the nicest guy.

"'Dynasty': Krystle or Alexis?"

I was "Dallas." I was Team Charlene Tilton, Team Victoria Principal. I had a little boy crush on Ms. Tilton and Ms. Principal. Maybe a little more than a boy crush.

"Tiffany or Debbie Gibson?"

I used to hear those things and try to re-enact medieval truncheon battles. I would be anti-Debbie Gibson and Tiffany.

Vanity Fair

"Is sexting the modern equivalent of standing on somebody's lawn with a boombox, blaring a Peter Gabriel song?"

I guess it is. Either that or Twittering. As long as you can tell somebody how you feel in 140 characters or less.

"You're not even slightly sentimental for the '80s? "

I don't know. Not really. I personally remember it being a kind of dark decade.

"Why? Because John Mahoney wouldn't let you date his daughter?"

I remember the '80s being about the Cold War and Reagan and the homeless problem and AIDS. To me, it was kind of a dark, depressing time. I thought those "Morning in America" commercials were fucking scary.

Associated Press:

"Were you more Motley Crue or The Cure?"

I was more of the Clash, Fishbone, The Jam.

"If you had a real hot tub time machine that worked, where would you go and why?"

It would be pretty fun if you could go back to when your favorite bands were first playing. Like if you were a drummer, you could go back to Liverpool right when the Beatles fired Pete Best and they're looking for a drummer and replace Ringo Starr. There could be a couple historic opportunities there. Or you could go see the Rolling Stones' first American tour or something, or see David Bowie or see the Sex Pistols when they first came to America at CBGBs. You could do an awesome rock 'n' roll tour and see bands' first explosions.

You could also travel back in time and not meet people that you ended up meeting and going out with. You could avoid a few bad relationships by just actually not bumping into them, so that would be good.


"If you could go back and change something about your life, like your character in Hot Tub Time Machine does, what would it be? "

There'd have to be multiple stops. There's too many to choose. I'd probably go back and not do some of the movies I did. Unmeet some people that I know.

What is the message of Hot Tub Time Machine?


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