John Cusack to Lead Biopic About Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh

November 5, 2012
Source: THR

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?

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Joe Rogan does the best Limbaugh impersonation.

Matt Peloquin on Nov 5, 2012


I can.... sorta see it? So it's a movie about the dangers of drug-use, right?

OfficialJab on Nov 5, 2012


Betty Thomas also directed Howard Stern in Private Parts. Interesting dichotomy herein.

Jeff Amador on Nov 5, 2012


I love Rush! Excited to see what comes of this.

Aaron Burns on Nov 5, 2012


Really? He's a complete asshole if there ever was one albeit a clever one. It is his listeners, the ditto-heads who are a sorry-ass bunch of stupid fucking morons who would much rather suck up Rush's ass than try to use their puny brains.

The Truth on Nov 5, 2012


You should think about changing your username.

Aaron Burns on Nov 12, 2012


Rush Limbaugh is a liar, hypocrite, and an asshole! He has this hypocritical belief that all drug users should be put in prisons and that they are the scum of the earth. (Well, let's look at this, Limbaugh gets to write phony prescriptions so he can eat his morning Oxycontin and get through his day. That's okay though, Limbaugh doesn't have to go to jail, he gets to go take a "vacation" and be clean of his habit. No way I will see this "biopic"!

The Truth on Nov 5, 2012

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