crush (krush) v. crushed, crush-ing, crush-es 1. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder. 2. To extract or obtain by pressure or squeezing: crush juice from a grape.
n. informal 1. A usually temporary infatuation. 2. One who is the subject of an infatuation.
Heterosexuality is my most consistent characteristic. It is as certain as sun up or sun down, as a Starbucks on a street corner near you or the better-luck-next-year of the Chicago Cubs of any season since 1908.
Straight husbands suffering from a quarter life crisis have crushes, too; ours bear a little more sophistication from the teen-aged version: Sheer lust is replaced by admiration, frantic obsession is muted by respect, candle-light vigils trumped by google searches.
The career of a former child star follows a familiar arc: Fame is sudden and the ascent is meteoric, public consciousness/tolerance reaches a saturation point, the decline is a horrific–albeit spectacular–plummet back to where any social relevance has been reduced to random trivia answers, TV reality programs with a nostalgic bent, or a hallucinogen-induced crime spree .
Then there’s John Cusack.
The native Chicagoan is the rule’s exception, having successfully navigated the treacherous straits of Hollywood burnout. In the process, he has assembled an impressive, if not prolific, inventory of film credits that even the venerable Michael Caine must view with a spot of envy.
Identifying Cusack as a former teen heart-throb is like preceding ‘addict’ with ‘recovering.’ Cusack seems sensibly rooted in a clever understanding of where he began his career and where it has evolved from.
Cusack has saturated movie audiences with a heavy volume of projects, seemingly releasing a movie every year since 1983. The recent Hot TubTime Machine demonstrates that he possesses the quality that eludes most entertainers: He doesn’t take himself too seriously.
More reasons to love John Cusack, in no particular order:
1. He golfs.
2. He contributes to the Huffington Post.
3. He’s made-out with Amanda Peet, Diane Lane, Daphne Zuniga, Ione Skye, Annette Bening, Dianne Wiest, and Minnie Driver.
4. His sister is Joan Cusack.
5. He loves baseball.
6. He made out with Nicolette Sheridan, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Marisa Tomei and Demi Moore.
7. He loves The Clash and The Ramones.
8. He is fearless with his political views.
9. He starred in Being John Malkovich.
10. He made out with Julia Roberts, Catherine Keener, Lisa Bonet, Iben Hjejle, Bridget Moynahan and Kate Beckinsale.
By definition, a crush suggests something fleeting and temporary, yet the man crush I have for Cusack defies even this description.
Cusack has fanned the flames of my smoldering man crush ever since he portrayed Hoops McCann in One Crazy Summer.
Cusack is a dude’s dude, sharp as a dagger and an icon of film.
Just don’t call him Kevin Spacey (see below).