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What happened to John Cusack and Thomas Jane's careers? Well it's all thanks to Drive Hard.

 

I have never heard of this film until last year when WatchMojo named this as among their Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014, and then two months ago I believe, me and my family were visiting over my mom's friend's house and I saw that she put this on in her Netflix queue. Since this flick is basically direct-to-video, it's no wonder why Cusack and Jane are no longer theatrical stars. Check the trailer and see this!

 

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Yeah for some reason Cusack has been on this kick of being in bad direct-to-video action movies, maybe in the hopes of coralling him a spot in Expendables 4. Thomas Jane has been bouncing around ever since the Punisher didn't meet expectations, mostly TV stuff, so it's not a surprise to see him here. Though I bet he's kicking himself right now that he passed on the possibility to play Rick Grimes in the Walking Dead in favor of staying on Hung after HBO passed on making TWD.

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I really cant think of anyone less believeable as an action star than John Cusack.

He was good in Grosse Point Blank, but that was more of a comedic role. He just doesn't have the look of a guy who can kick your ass at a moment's notice, despite what Danny Trejo has said about him.

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He was good in Grosse Point Blank, but that was more of a comedic role. He just doesn't have the look of a guy who can kick your ass at a moment's notice, despite what Danny Trejo has said about him.

 

I was thinking about Danny Trejo's line about Cusack, he looks more like a guy who would scream in assistants face for not putting the correct amount of Sweet and Low in his coffee.

 

The thought of him physically fighting another human being is just jarring in my mind. Like even if I wanted to picture him as a badass, my brain wont allow it.

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Both Thomas Jane and John Cusack have been starring in some absolute dogshit the last few years. And its only after reflection that I have to wonder how in gods green earth Cusack managed to have a career as long as he did. He really is the human equivalent of like a bland piece of toast.

 

And why is Thomas Jane always wearing some fuck awful wig in all his movies now. Or has he really decided that long wavy locks is going to reinvigorate his career?

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On 8/22/2017 at 6:47 PM, Ofcoursemyhorse said:

Both Thomas Jane and John Cusack have been starring in some absolute dogshit the last few years. And its only after reflection that I have to wonder how in gods green earth Cusack managed to have a career as long as he did. He really is the human equivalent of like a bland piece of toast.

 

And why is Thomas Jane always wearing some fuck awful wig in all his movies now. Or has he really decided that long wavy locks is going to reinvigorate his career?

A year or so ago I got to talk to comic book cover artist Tim Bradstreet, who is most well known for his cover work on the Punisher and Punisher Max series written by Garth Ennis, which was the big impetus for the Thomas Jane Punisher movie being made in the first place back in 2004. From what I got from talking to him, he basically said that Jane really shot himself in the foot by being a bit of a diva on where he thought the series should go, which led to him leaving the sequel which then became Punisher: War Zone. Bradstreet also said Ennis and he would talk at length about how watered down the 2004 Punisher film was, especially in comparison to the comic at the time, which while not as graphic as the Punisher Max series was, it wasn't the "Punisher pranks criminals with popsicles and parking tickets" that the Jane movie ended up being, despite being rated R. Bradstreet would also say how Jane acted on set and in the pre-production of the sequel are really what started his downturn towards the stuff he has been doing for over a decade now.

As for Cusack, there was an interesting article that came out this year where he blamed his downturn on the fact that he is so politically outspoken and he didn't care if that turned people off from seeing his movies. But what was odd to me was that he wasn't right leaning in his politics, which I could see a reason he could blame for not getting great parts, but he is very left leaning, which isn't as different  from others in Hollywood, so for him to say that is the reason he's been relegated to straight-to-video for much of the decade when others who are just as vocal as he is, if not more, is just hogwash and complete blindness to whatever the real issue is.

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Thomas Jane was blowing up for a bit earlier in his career. It's hilarious that being a diva on the set of The Punisher is how he decided to shit tank his career. He was great on The Expanse though. 

Cusack clearly suffers from Jaime Kennedy syndrome where anyone who criticizes the garbage their in, they just discount it to haters "not understanding their art".

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3 hours ago, Ofcoursemyhorse said:

Thomas Jane was blowing up for a bit earlier in his career. It's hilarious that being a diva on the set of The Punisher is how he decided to shit tank his career. He was great on The Expanse though. 

Cusack clearly suffers from Jaime Kennedy syndrome where anyone who criticizes the garbage their in, they just discount it to haters "not understanding their art".

Ah Jamie "I can get piss drunk and make lame video game jokes at an E3 presentation" Kennedy, the lukewarm gift that keeps on giving. I think he's still getting into Twitter arguments with people about that debacle to this day. As for Jane, even the Punisher short film he did to try and build interest in a return movie for him was completely off the mark of what the character was, as he deliberately ignores various crimes to cheekily do his laundry, and only getting involved after a woman has been assaulted to the point she's almost limping. He's done good things before and after his fall but it is interesting to see how he's just settled into this spot of doing the same role and either wearing the same wig or talking like he has Bells Palsy as a way to try and make it look like he's adding layers to his character.

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