War in the Middle East reaches an absurdist fever pitch in War, Inc. Meet writers Jeremy Pikser and Mark Leyner, and the mastermind behind the whole shebang, John Cusack.
What can a movie star do when he's profoundly pissed off about the sad state of politics? At 41, John Cusack has come a long way from the lovable young heartthrob lofting a boom box over his head in Say Anything. In his most recent movie, War, Inc. (in theaters this month), Cusack plays a contract killer who finds himself in the fictitious war-torn Middle Eastern country of Turaqistan, which is the object of a hostile takeover by an American corporation.
For this profound and shockingly funny effort to stick it to the man, Cusack teamed up with screenwriter Jeremy Pikser (Bulworth) and novelist Mark Leyner (The Tetherballs of Bougainville) to write a film that's both unforgiving and uncensored. Toss in inspired performances by Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff, Sir Ben Kingsley, Joan Cusack, and Dan Aykroyd, and you wind up with a refreshing and unconventional spring comedy. LAC sat down with Cusack, Pikser, and Leyner to find out what's behind War, Inc., why it's so absurd, and what it's like to join forces with teen juggernaut Duff.