Maybe every era gets the John Cusack it deserves. Depending on when you grew up, you might associate the perennial everyman with any number of lovable losers: underachiever Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything …, disillusioned hit man Martin Blank in Grosse Pointe Blank, unemployed puppeteer Craig Schwartz in Being John Malkovich, or downtrodden Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.
But for me, Cusack will always be synonymous with Rob Gordon, the snobbish record-store owner he played in High Fidelity, the 2000 film that captured what pre-internet record stores were like with a sense of preemptive nostalgia.
Now that the film is truly a time capsule of another era, it’s worth seeing again at this Duke Energy Center screening, mainly because Cusack himself will be in attendance for a Q and A afterward.
The event, courtesy of Mills Entertainment’s The Backlot Project, takes place on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. at www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com, 800-745-3000, or the Duke Energy Center box office. A limited number of VIP tickets include a post-show photo op with Cusack.