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John Cusack

Grosse Pointe Blank

11 Apr, 1997

Cusack co-writes, co-produces, and stars in this comedy film directed by George Armitage. He plays Martin Blank, a contract killer who goes back to his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan to attend his high school reunion. As he reconnects with his family, friends, and old girlfriend, he tries to accomplish one final hit. He co-stars with Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, and Jeremy Piven. On being a first-time producer:

Well, it’s all like managing a tidal wave. It’s all kind of a clusterfuck. But I know enough around the set where I know, “Well, this is what it’ll take to get this done,” and “This is not realistic,” and “Do we have enough for this?” And usually I’ve either written the script or, if I’m producing, I know it. I’ve been around. I’ve done it for a while.

Grosse Pointe Blank – Work less, make more.