John Cusack to Lead Biopic About Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh
If you pay attention to John Cusack on Twitter, you know he's quite vocal about his political opinions. Now it looks like he'll get the chance to enter the political arena a little bit on the big screen. Though films like War Inc. and Grace is Gone have had a message about the various wars the United States have endured over the past decade, Cusack will focus on political punditry in the form of a biopic about famed right-wing radio personality Rush Limbaugh. In fact, THR reports Cusack will actually play Limbaugh in the film currently titled Rush, which he will also produced through his New Crime Productions banner. More below!
Limbaugh is a very obnoxious and vocal radio personality for the conservative party, and he has taken fire for many controversial topics. Of course, his views are no less extreme than other pundits on the other side of the political party coin. His most recent publicized and scrutinized exploit saw him referring to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute" for saying that insurance companies should cover birth control. Obviously our commentary is reserved on this matter as this is a movie blog, but it's simply Limbaugh's larger than life personality that will make this film interesting.
Hopefully this won't just be a skewering of the radio personality and a more neutral biopic along the lines of W. and Nixon, films made by Oliver Stone, a director who is very much on the left side of the aisle, but painted very non-partisan big screen portraits of those presidents. Cusack is an interesting choice to take the lead since he looks nothing like Limbaugh, and has never taken on a performance like this before. Depending on how this film comes together, this could get Cusack some Oscar attention. However, it's worrisome that Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel director Betty Thomas will be at the helm. Maybe she's just been waiting for an opportunity like this to deliver a quality film. Thoughts?