Legendary movie actor John Cusack conducted a fascinating Reddit AMA yesterday in which he fielded questions about his films, infamous author and personal friend Hunter S Thompson and spoke at length about the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) of which he is a director.
In his opening statement, Cusack said he would answer questions on all manner of subjects, but focused on the FPF, discussing the launch of the organization and its goals, he said:
“We all came together in December to try to start a broad movement to help protect and defend the First Amendment, given secrecy is at an all time high and whistleblowers have never been under greater attack… Back in 2010, WikiLeaks was cut-off from payment processors despite committing no crime, after unofficial pressure from a couple Congressman. We wanted to make sure that doesn’t happen to another journalism organization again, but we also wanted to help other organizations bring transparency to government.”
Redditors turned up in their droves to ask Cusack a range of questions, one that received a high number of upvotes was whether he was going to enter politics, to which Cusack replied;
“We are both in it now. With Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re on the front lines of politics, bringing transparency to government. https://pressfreedomfoundation.org. You don’t necessarily to run for office to make a difference. Activism of all kinds is just as important.”
Another popular question was one that focused on the time Cusack spent with the late great Hunter S Thompson. Describing the controversial journalist, Cusack said he was;
“the funniest human being I have ever met—loyal and wicked in the best way…a deeply, almost romantic idealist at his core… Always the smartest guy in the room with the greatest bullshit detector I’ve ever seen.”
Elaborating on Thompson’s views about the war on Iraq waged by Bush and co, Cusack quoted the infamous author as stating;
“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world — a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.”
Cusack also fielded a number of questions on what it was like working with his incredibly talented siblings that have starred alongside him in several movies, the comic genius of Dan Aykroyd, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks. He told people to follow him on Twitter @johncusack where he said he also answers everything “unless someone’s a total asshole.”
You can check out John Cusack’s Reddit AMA here.