The American heart-throb of the ’80s and beyond, John Cusack, has been added to Walton Arts Center’s schedule for the spring season. Cusack will visit the WAC for a screening of High Fidelity (2000), followed by an audience question and answer at 7:30 p.m. April 9. Cusack will not only be on-site to answer questions over his career of 70-plus films, but also give behind-the-scene scoops to High Fidelity.
The film follows record shop owner Rob Gordon (Cusack) as he attempts to save his vinyl-store, recover from his top five breakups, manage his rowdy coworkers Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Luiso), all while trying to navigate the harsh world of adulthood. With all the flavors of an early-2000s rom-com, High Fidelity remains a cult-classic to those reminiscent of simpler times. Rotten Tomatoes has the film ranked as No. 14 on a list of Best Romantic Comedies, according to a press release.
Coming from a family of film industry professionals, Cusack had an early rise to fame. He starred in his first movie, Class (1983) at the age of 17 alongside Rob Lowe and was then cast in Sixteen Candles (1984). After a few more films, Cusack set sail to stardom with one of his most memorable roles as Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything (1989). How could ’80s film lovers forget young Cusack standing outside a window blasting Peter Gabriel during a boom-box serenade to win the girl?
Tickets are on sale and range from $49 to $79 plus applicable fees. VIP seats are available for $250, which includes a post-show photo op with Cusack. Tickets can be purchased on-site, by calling 479-443-5600 or online at waltonartscenter.org. Tickets will be available on the WAC app on Friday, Feb. 28.
The event comes to the WAC through the Mills Entertainment Backlot Project, an initiative to bring the iconic stars of film and television to an intimate setting for transparent conversation with entertainment buffs. For more information on Mills Entertainment visit millsentertainment.com.