Chicago actor John Cusack popped into a breakfast meeting of the Illinois delegation to show his support for John Kerry. He was almost immediately under siege from reporters, including yours truly, who wedged in a couple of questions.
Cusack says his voting address is his Chicago home near the Hancock Building. For his early call, he had shades perched on his head and wore a plain gray T-shirt, olive cargo pants with a small coffee thermos in one pocket, a Boston Globe and a blue bandanna in another.
Some excerpts from the group grope:
What are you doing here?
Chicago's my hometown. I gotta show up here. ... I'm very interested in Barack Obama ... looking forward to meeting him and finding what Barack is all about.
Why did you come to the convention?
I'm going to talk to some of the delegates, especially ... in the swing states. ... Just basically pump people up [for John Kerry].
Is this more fun than acting?
Different. This is higher stakes.
Do you have political ambitions?
I kind of like my day job.
Are you working on a film?
I just finished one in Chicago with Harold Ramis ... "The Ice Harvest."
Have you been hanging out in Boston with Hollywood stars?
No ... I don't. I haven't seen anybody from California yet.
Are you disappointed in the Chicago Cubs?
It's not over. What are they, 81 1/42 games back? How many for the wild card? Three games? Are you ready to throw in the towel (indicating he's not!).
Name three songs for the Kerry campaign.
Good question! (Pause, thinking). Maybe, "Let Me Roll It," Paul McCartney and Wings; "Let's Get it On," Marvin Gaye and "We are the Champions."