On an appearance on The Tonight Show last night in support of his so-so thriller 1408, John Cusack — characteristically dressed like the extra Reservoir Dog — was asked by Jay Leno if he was a fan of Stephen King stories growing up, if he liked scary movies when he was young.
Cusack’s reply: “I love good films, any kind of good films at all, but I do remember The Exorcist, The Shining, 28 Days Later… there’s a lot of terrific films.”
The only problem, of course, is that, The Exorcist came out in 1977, The Shining (which Cusack went on to talk about being freaked out by as a teenager) in 1980, and 28 Days Later in… 2003. The question, then: did Cusack simply ignore the root of Leno’s question in mentioning movies he liked, or did someone prep him with a studio-vetted list of similar genre product that he mindlessly plugged in as a reply (in which case the latter still doesn’t really pass muster)? 1408 is based on a Stephen King short story, and Cusack dutifully cited The Shining, Misery and The Shawshank Redemption in answering another question about King’s work. But… 28 Days Later?