I first saw John Cusack in Better Off Dead. From that moment on, I was instantly smitten. He was funny and had that goofy, likeable charm that easily translates to a dependable bestfriend-cute boyfriend material. And he wasn’t a bad actor, taking his craft seriously—the fact that he survived the 80’s Brat Pack was let alone a big feat, for while the careers of his contemporaries stumbled and faltered – his saw smooth sailing with occasional minor bumps along the way. He can play the Hollywood game but he can pretty much steer his own ship, too. He valued his privacy—something that I find truly cool and which I unconsciously emulated —one’s private life is his own business and not yours. He is not the type who would kiss and tell (especially about his current paramours) which I find extremely classy and manly. But we do know he is loyal to his family and friends – making sure to include them in his successes, happiness, and plans. And he’s obviously smart, too. He is very vocal and genuinely concerned about real issues – political and social. He just doesn’t do the talk he does them, too. And unlike other celebrities, he does them without so much fanfare. Can you blame me for sticking by him – through thick and thin? There’s this FB group (of which of course I am a member) whose name sums it all up– “All Men Pale in Comparison to John Cusack.”
Just like any other normal fan – I look him up from time to time on the web but only for the purpose of getting some updates (e.g. imdb) and ‘stalk’ him in the typical kind of way – not the freaky kind. There’s not much info on him though – I mean compared to uberstars like Pitt and Clooney. He does have his blog in Huffington Post and his myspace site but there was no possible chance of any sort of interaction that I was wishing for. So his recent forte into the twitterverse was something I rejoiced about (Twitter, love na kita– srsly grabe!).
Thanks to actor/comedian, Rob Corddry whose account I was following before John’s. Rob C. outed John’s supposedly ‘secret’ twittername with the tweet, “This is proof Screwheads. Cusack is @shockozulu. Now can we talk about something else? http://twitpic.com/9urha“ (You see, during that time, Rob and John were wrapping up their latest movie, “Hot Tub Time Machine”— yes, no joke, that is the actual title– in Vancouver so I do know that it was all legit). I immediately checked it out and much to my utter delight – he was twitting back to his followers!
His tweets were typically Cusack—quick, manic and cryptic most of the time; reflective, cool and savvy on some days. And so what if he was a bad speller (which was a surprising new thing I found out about him – dysgraphia?), it didn’t bother him… which was cool by me. Right away, I sent him messages, hoping I could get one in return. He could be generous one day and stingy the next with his retweets. It was clear to me that this wasn’t going to be easy.
I learned that the best time to get a retweet was when you catch him on-line. However, I couldn’t get an opening. A lot of his fans—including me– were all vying for his attention. And not only that, I also couldn’t catch a break — either I’m the one who was busy working or sleeping every time he was twitting or he was the one asleep when it was my turn to tweet. He preferred to reply to quotes or tweets about Hunter T., politics and social issues (or whatever catches his whim at that moment). But I can’t pretend that I know anything about those. That would be so fake. I didn’t want to beg either. Or act like an annoying troll (which some pathetic losers resort into doing) to force an angry retweet out of him (lesson learned, read Trent Reznor’s bitter twitter experience). I just have to do what I can by being myself.
Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to give up. My motto became Operation Qsack: No Retweet, No Surrender!
Then, one sad day, three days after Cory died, I finally got a chance. The timing was perfect. We were both finally on-line at the same time. He was then twitting about presidents (US’ Bill C. and Mexico’s). I tweeted about what I was feeling at that time. Seconds later, this was what I got:
Aug. 4, 2009: JC sends his condolences via twitter…
My eyes brimmed with tears reading his 6 words. Even if it wasn’t much, even if he already shifted his attention elsewhere, and to another fan’s twit, it was enough for me. It was consoling at a time of grief. It made me feel better. Like hitting a small jackpot lotto prize. Yay!
Now that this was over, one short term goal has finally been ticked off. And as I told my friend sreisaat, “I can now move on with my life.” Haha!
Thanks, John. You don’t know how much this means to someone like me. Really. And I know it might be a one in a million chance… um, ok, come to think of it — with the help of tags… make that one in a hundred thousand chance for you to be reading this but hey, who knows, right? Dreams CAN come true!
BTW, did I mention that I sooo love you, Twitter? I did but I’ll say it again- I heart Twitter! Thank you so much for making this fangirl super-duper happy!
Up next: An awesome experience with Trent Reznor!
Well, what do you know? Weeks later I got a second retweet from JC… click here to read about it. 😀
PS. For personal reasons, there may be times my twitter account maybe on lockdown. If it is, sorry! I may change also my account in the near future… but I haven’t decided yet so. Whatev. 🙂