John Cusack has slammed the studio system of Hollywood, saying that it is a "ripe with frontier crazies and a whorehouse".
Promoting his latest film, Maps to The Stars, Cusack did not hold back, criticising ageism in Hollywood, as well as misogyny and what he sees as an increasingly broken studio system, said the Hollywood Reporter.
"LA seems to be a place where a guy can say he's a 'life-coach-channeller-masseur'. It just seems to be ripe with all these frontier crazies. People are looking to turn their pain into beautiful art, but they also want to be famous. And there's so much money, so of course all the predators come in," he said.
Cusack also railed against the issue of age in Hollywood, which is laid bare in Maps.
"I got another 15, 20 years before they say I'm old. For women it's brutal. Bruce's thing about if you're 26, you're menopausal. It's only absurd because it's a little bit further than the truth. I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It's becoming almost like kiddie porn," the 48-year-old actor said mentioning Maps' writer Bruce Wagner.
The actor's sister Joan Cusack is also a vocal critic of the studio system.
In an interview to The Guardian, John added, “People would look after you when I was a kid. There were good people in the business. When I came to LA Rob Reiner said: ‘Come stay at my house.’ He taught me. I worked with Pacino [in 1996 crime drama City Hall]. Pacino would talk to you and mentor you. Now it’s different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out. It’s a hard thing to survive without finding safe harbour.”